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Newcastle United: PIF eyeing Jean-Clair Todibo

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The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia’s (KSA) Public Investment Fund (PIF) are reportedly now eyeing up a move to bring Jean-Clair Todibo to Newcastle United.

The Lowdown: Botman in

The St James’ Park club have already brought in a centre-back in Sven Botman from Lille this summer, but could go in for another player in that position before the transfer window closes.

They have also secured the permanent signing of Matt Targett from Aston Villa, along with acquiring Burnley goalkeeper Nick Pope.

The Latest: Todibo interest

Taking to Twitter, journalist Sebastien Denis has revealed that Nice centre-back Todibo is ‘on the shortlist’ of both Newcastle and Manchester United, with the defender estimated to cost more than €20m (£17m) to prise him away from France.

The reporter stated: “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.”

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The Verdict: Prioritise other positions

After signing Botman, Newcastle now have six senior centre-backs on their books, with the Dutchman joining captain Jamaal Lascelles, Dan Burn, Fabian Schar, Ciaran Clark and Federico Fernandez.

Therefore, they should look to prioritise other positions first and offload one or two centre-backs before trying to bring in Todibo.

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The 6 foot 3 colossus, who was dubbed ‘quick‘ by fellow Nice team-mate Amine Gouiri, would be a great addition, and he could strike up a formidable partnership with Botman, who also played in Ligue 1 last term.

In the 2021/22 campaign, Todibo helped Nice to qualify for Europe with a fifth-placed finish and put in some memorable performances, such as in the 0-0 draw away to champions Paris Saint-Germain, for which he was highly praised for frustrating world superstars Lionel Messi and Kylian Mbappe.

This is a deal that the Magpies should look to get done, but perhaps towards the end of the window if that is still a possibility.


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