It seems like Jean-Clair Todibo’s Barcelona career is finally reaching its conclusion. Of course, even calling it a career of any sort may be a blatant overstatement considering his limited opportunities and consistent issues along the way.
Either way, the stint, regardless of length and success, is nearing the grand finale. According to a new report from ESPN, OGC Nice and Barcelona are really close to finalising the deal for the young defender.
If the same source is to be believed, Todibo will leave on loan until the end of the season with the French outfit also getting a purchase option between 8-10 million euros. Still, it’s pretty interesting to note that the centre-back does have other suitors as well.
ESPN doesn’t directly mention any clubs but they do state there are other eyes on the player that could make a move should this deal with Nice break down. However, at the moment at least, everything seems set for Todibo to return to his native country.
It is worth pointing out, though, that, if finalised, this will be his third loan spell since arriving in Catalonia in 2019. Both his stints at Schalke 04 and Benfica have been a mixed bag with Todibo never really getting a chance in the latter club and finding limited opportunities in the former.
Hopefully, Nice will be different. Both for the player’s sake and Barcelona’s too. We have to remember he is still just 21 after all and could develop into a good defender in the future.
But, having the right mentality and humility is also crucial in every footballer’s career and this seems to be a major obstacle in his way towards greatness.
Maybe things change back in France where he will hopefully feel comfortable and get another chance to prove his worth.