Manchester United are reportedly now eyeing up a move for Nice central defender Jean-Clair Todibo this window.
The Lowdown: Alongside Martinez?
Ajax centre-back Lisandro Martinez has been strongly linked with a move to Old Trafford to link up again with his former manager Erik ten Hag.
They could look to bring in two new centre-halves with Todibo as well, or sign the Frenchman as a potential alternative to Martinez, with Arsenal also firmly in the race for his signature.
The Latest: On shortlist
Taking to Twitter, Foot Mercato journalist Sebastien Denis has revealed that Todibo is on the ‘short list’ for the Red Devils as well as Newcastle United, and is estimated to cost more than €20m (£17m):
“Info: FC Sevilla and Naples have approached Nice for Jean-Clair Todibo. But the Gym said no. The French defender, estimated at more than 20 M € , is on the short list of Manchester United and Newcastle and things could change for him this summer.”
The Verdict: Get it done
Whether MUFC sign Martinez or not, this is a deal that they need to get done before the season starts. Both Eric Bailly and Phil Jones have reportedly told their teammates of their plan to leave this summer, so Ten Hag will need extra cover in the heart of the defence.
Todibo, branded as ‘quick‘ by fellow Nice teammate Amine Gouiri despite his six-foot-three colossal stature, has played at a high level for the likes of FC Barcelona as well as his current club, and is still only 22 years of age.
He comes off the back of a solid campaign for Nice, helping them qualify for Europe with a fifth-placed finish in Ligue 1, with some memorable performances like in the 0-0 draw away at champions PSG, where he was highly praised for frustrating world superstars Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.
Nonetheless, if United can get both Todibo and Martinez through the door, it could represent a great piece of business.
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