Manchester United plans a January move to sign Jean-Clair Todibo, an excellent French center-back who is currently on loan at Nice.
The Red Devils had targeted Todibo during the summer transfer window, but their quest was hampered when Harry Maguire turned down a £30 million move to West Ham.
Asked about the failed move to United by L’Equipe recently, Todibo said: “I’m not going to lie and say that I didn’t have the thought to tell myself that perhaps I should play in a ‘top club’ to increase my chances [of playing for France], but there are also guarantees when playing at Nice.
“I experienced it differently from my previous situations in my career. My thinking was much more in-depth, thoughtful. I didn’t want to make a mistake in my choice. I remained very calm.
“Reflection is much more important than when I started. I’m waiting to be presented with the complete project.
“What is expected of me? Why am I coming? You shouldn’t arrive at a club like that. I know what I have at Nice. Why go into the unknown? So, everything must be clear. My first transfer, I was 18 years old. The thinking was not as thorough.”
Todibo has found stability at Nice after loan spells at Schalke and Benfica, and has been called up to the French national team.
According to reports, Manchester United is reviving their interest in Todibo in order to strengthen their defensive wall in January.
Todibo’s services are expected to cost roughly £35 million, with Barcelona set to get a 20% cut of any transfer fee negotiated with Nice. United fans are excited to see if Todibo will be the missing piece in their defensive puzzle this January.
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