Deal close: Report claims Man United are now also expected to sign “solid” new £25.8m Frenchman

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According to reports, Manchester United is planning to pay €30 million to acquire Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo this summer.

What recent news regarding transfers at Man United?

In preparation for Erik ten Hag’s second season as manager at Old Trafford, the Red Devils have already signed Mason Mount and Andre Onana from Chelsea and Inter Milan.

Rasmus Hojlund, a forward, appears to be the third player whose confirmation is imminent. The footballer is now in the UK negotiating a deal after reaching an agreement with Serie A team Atalanta for a total of £72 million.

Hojlund’s transfer is anticipated to be finalised around Old Trafford’s preseason friendly against Lens on Saturday. After that, focus may turn to more acquisitions.

After Hojlund, according to Fabrizio Romano, United will concentrate on signing another new midfielder, though he did say that Todibo is still being watched after club scouts watched the player back in April.

“I indicated in April that Man United dispatched its scouts to monitor Todibo and Disasi on many occasions since they pay close attention to the French market.

We must wait to see how Man United will respond while Todibo is still being watched. Todibo’s future is not imminent because a midfielder will be given priority for the time being.

However, based on current speculation, it appears like the team is expecting to sign the defender.

In the past 48 hours, TEAMtalk transmitted information from Spain regarding Man United and a potential transfer for Todibo. According to the report, the player has approved a transfer to Old Trafford, albeit Barcelona has the option of bringing the youngster back to the Nou Camp.

Though it is believed that Harry Maguire would leave Old Trafford, the Red Devils are the ones who will sign the defender in a move worth €30 million (£25.8 million). Todibo will cover the gap created by Maguire.

The calibre of Jean-Clair Todibo.

Todibo, who is 23 years old and has a career-high €30 million Transfermarkt valuation, seems to be at the top of his game. The Frenchman moved permanently to Nice from Barcelona in 2021 after a loan period, and he has since made over 100 appearances for the French team.

Jacek Kulig, a football talent scout, has praised Todibo as “solid as a rock” and has even compared the out-and-out centre back to United’s Lisandro Martinez in recent months, according to FBref.

He displays his defensive skills by being in the top 3% for ball recoveries and the top 5% for tackles earned. The player has also excelled in possession. Todibo also ranks in the top 4% of centre backs for carries, the top 5% for successfully completed short passes, and the top 5% for successful take-ons.

Therefore, it appears that he might be a wise signing to compete with Martinez and Raphael Varane in the upcoming season and beyond. Should Maguire leave Old Trafford because West Ham is keen, Todibo might also be brought in to take his position.

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