Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo joining Schalke

Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo is set to join Bundesliga side Schalke on loan until the end of the season.

Spanish media cite Bild as reporting that the defender has already arrived in Germany where at the airport he met Massimo Mariotti, an employee of Schalke and then took a taxi heading for Gelsenkirchen.

Todibo only joined the Catalan giants in January last year, ending a long running contractual dispute with previous club Toulouse in Ligue 1.

The 19-year-old has only been involved in four La Liga matches across the calendar years – with two of his three starts coming after the league title was secured last season.

He is now demanding more first-team football and looks set to leave on loan or permanently in January, according to separate reports in both Goal and El Mundo Deportivo, who claimed boss Ernesto Valverde preferred young defender Ronald Araujo.

After being forced to play with the youth team at Toulouse, following his standoff with the club's management, he was short of match fitness when he arrived at the Camp Nou but has yet to be granted a run in the first-team.

Bayer Leverkusen, Milan and Manchester United had all previously been linked to a transfer.

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