Barcelona convinced on sale of defender Todibo

Barcelona have complete confidence they will sell defender Jean-Clair Todibo this summer with Ronald Araujo his replacement in the first-team squad, say El Mundo Deportivo.

It is claimed by the report that there is no doubt the Frenchman will be sold this summer with offers from England, Germany and Italy, with the Blaugrana confident of receiving €25m for the player.

A report in Diario Sport earlier this week claimed that Juventus are favourites to sign Todibo ahead of Everton.

It has been outlined that Everton have made an offer of €25m – €22m upfront along with a further €3m in add-ons – for the Frenchman, but Juve are now more likely to land his signing.

El Mundo Deportivo reported last week of interest from RB Leipzig, who apparently see Todibo as a replacement for the outgoing Dayot Upamecano.

The Frenchman is on loan at Leipzig’s Bundesliga rivals Schalke but they appear to be unable to meet the central defender’s €25m valuation and he is likely to be sold permanently this summer.

Roma are said to be hopeful of the signing due to the good relations between the respective club boards, following on from the signing of Carles Perez in January.

Bayer Leverkusen, Milan, Watford, and Monaco are other clubs said to be monitoring the situation.

The player joined Schalke on loan in January on a short-term loan deal and €1.5m fee, with the German side able to make that permanent this summer – in a deal which would include a €50m buyback for Barca – but now everything has changed due to the coronavirus pandemic and economic impacts in football.

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

The 20-year-old has only been involved in four La Liga matches across the calendar year – with two of his three starts coming after the league title was secured last season.

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 was never granted a run in the first-team.

“The greatest talent I ever coached was Ronaldo but at the same time he was the player who created the most problems for me in the dressing room. He used to throw parties and do everything. Once Van Nistelrooy said to me: ‘Coach, the dressing room smells like alcohol’.” Find out who which manager said this right here.

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