Barcelona have confirmed on the official website that Ligue 1 club OGC Nice have decided to trigger the clause to make the transfer of Jean-Clair Todibo permanent this summer.
Todibo, 21, had been with Barcelona since January 2019, when he made the switch from French outfit Toulouse. However, the young defender managed just five senior appearances for the Blaugrana before going out on a series of loan spells.
Todibo spent the second half of the 2019/20 term with German outfit FC Schalke 04 while he had a six-month stint with Portuguese giants SL Benfica in the first half of the 2020/21 term. However, having featured just twice for the club, the 21-year-old was recalled in January, only to be farmed out to Nice for the rest of the season.
Back in his homeland, France, Todibo settled in quite well with OGC Nice, racking up 17 appearances, in which he also managed to score a goal. The terms of the loan agreement with Barcelona allowed the French outfit make the youngster’s transfer permanent for a set fee, which they have now decided to exercise.
As per the terms, Barcelona will now receive a transfer fee of €8.5 million for Todibo with an additional €7 million in variables. Furthermore, the Blaugrana will also receive a percentage from a future sale of the 21-year-old Frenchman.
“FC Barcelona wishes to publicly state its gratitude to Jean-Clair Todibo for his commitment and dedication and wishes him all the very best of success in the future,” the statement issued by the club read.
Todibo’s departure is likely to the first of many from Camp Nou this summer, with a number of fringe stars expected to be on their way out as Barcelona look to cut down their squad and trim their wage bill. After a series of middling loan spells, the 21-year-old will now be hoping to kickstart his career with Nice.