According to French Foot Mercato, Barça would ask for less than €25m for Jean-Clair Todibo, unless the 20-year-old will take part in a new loan deal. Things are accelerating for the young defender’s departure, and it remains to be seen where the 20-year-old will land after spending a season on loan at Schalke.
The player is not in Barcelona’s plans for the season, hence is in official talks with interested clubs. Currently, Rennes and Napoli are leading the race to sign Todibo. The two clubs have already officially contacted the Catalan club and the player’s representatives.
Reportedly, Todibo wants to leave Barça himself as well, and some German clubs which remain unspecified show interest in the player too. At 20 years of age, Todibo has already had minutes in three major leagues; La Liga (Barcelona), Bundesliga (Schalke), and Ligue 1 (Toulouse); which adds quite some value on the player experience-wise.
His departure is still being studied by the Catalan club, and all options are being put on the table.
Barcelona don’t lose comeback hope with Messi’s outrageous stats vs Sevilla
Later on tonight, Barcelona will do their best to mount another incredible comeback, this time against Sevilla. The Andalusians were the better team in the first leg of the Copa del Rey, winning 2-0 at their home ground. Today, however, they travel to the Camp Nou where they’ll try and keep their lead alive.
And even though we’re talking here about a very strong opponent, the Catalans have reasons to be optimistic. The first one is of course their recent result against that very same opponent. The two sides met in La Liga last weekend and Barcelona snatched up all three points in a convincing 2-0 victory.
This suggests they indeed do have what it takes to edge past Julen Lopetegui’s troops, especially since the game will be played in Catalonia. But there is also one other weapon Barcelona have at their disposal; one that is not exactly a big secret – Lionel Messi.
The little Argentine does feel like a cheat code at times but against Sevilla, that is even more true than usual. After all, Leo has already scored 38 goals and assisted further 19 in just 42 games played against this opposition.
That amounts to 57 goal contributions in 42 games. Even for Messi’s godly standards, that is just an unreal number. With such a player in your team, you can’t help but feel optimistic and hopeful regardless of the opposition.
Of course, we can’t expect Leo to solve games of this magnitude on his own so everyone will have to pull their weight. But even with that being said, if Messi can do what Messi usually does, Barcelona’s ultimate goal becomes that much easier to reach.
With morale high and players ready to tango, it should definitely be a thrilling contest to watch.
Let’s hope Ronald Koeman gets it right. And then, suddenly, the whole season can turn out that much sweeter.