Manchester United send scouts to ‘monitor’ OGC Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo
Manchester United scouts were in attendance watching OGC Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo play against Stade Rennais last weekend, according to transfer guru Fabrizio Romano on Twitter.
Les Aiglons took on the Red and Blacks at the Allianz Riviera. The French centre-back played the full 90 minutes as Didier Digard’s team came out on top and won 2-1.
Apart from the Red Devils, Premier League rivals Newcastle United and Liverpool have also sent people to ‘monitor’ the defender. There is a chance that the 23-year-old will move in the upcoming transfer window, with the Ligue 1 side wanting around €45 million to part ways with him.
Todibo made his way to Nice initially on loan from Barcelona in January 2021. Subsequently, after having failed to establish himself at the Camp Nou side, the French national signed for Les Aiglons on a permanent basis.
Over the years, the defender has been an ever-present member of the Ligue 1 outfit’s backline. In the current campaign, the 23-year-old has made 43 appearances in all competitions for them.
United currently have an abundance of depth in the centre-back area. Lisandro Martinez and Raphael Varane have been Erik ten Hag’s preferred partnership at the Old Trafford side.
Unfortunately, the two World Cup winners picked up injuries in the game against Sevilla in the first leg of the Europa League quarter-finals. Thankfully, we have the likes of Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof at our disposal as well.
But our skipper has not had the best of times in recent weeks, making a few errors. The gaffer has paired the Swedish national with Luke Shaw in the last few games. However, the Red Devils have lost back-to-back fixtures in the league.
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Therefore, we seemingly require more quality in defence. While Maguire and Lindelof are decent players, they have lost their place in the starting lineup since Ten Hag’s arrival. Thus, it would not be a surprise to see them leave next summer. In that case, having someone like Todibo on our radar is a wise option.