?Manchester United will have to fight off competition from AC Milan and AS Monaco if they are to secure the signing of Barcelona youngster Jean-Clair Todibo.
The Frenchman joined La Blaugrana from Toulouse in January 2019, but the 19-year-old has found game time hard to come by at Camp Nou, despite being trusted to inherit the famous number six shirt once worn by Xavi.
Nevertheless, he is still considered one of Europe’s top talents, and interest in taking him away from ?Barcelona isn’t short.
?Calciomercato write that ?United and ?Milan hold a keen interest in Todibo, and cite Le10Sport to add that Monaco have also joined the race for his signature.
A centre-back who is also comfortable with playing in midfield, Todibo has generally impressed in his brief and infrequent appearances for Barcelona, and the vast interest in his services is unsurprising.
However, despite injuries to Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti this season, he is yet to make a splash in the first team, and is deemed too talented to turn out for the ‘B’ team, and so hasn’t played much competitive football at all in the last few months.
United’s lack of depth in defence and defensive midfield and their emphasis on playing youngsters this season means a move for Todibo makes sense for them, while Monaco – despite falling short of expectations since winning Ligue 1 in 2017 – are still regarded as one of the clubs in Europe in terms of youngster development.
Milan’s situation with ?transfers has been a lot more scattergun recently. They have reportedly agreed a deal to bring Zlatan Ibrahimovic – their top scorer in this decade despite initially leaving in 2012 – back to the club, six months after signing young striker Rafael Leao and a year after breaking the bank to bring in Genoa forward Krzysztof Pi?tek.