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Manchester United eyeing Ligue 1 centre-back as Saudi-linked Raphael Varane’s replacement

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Manchester United are considering Jean-Clair Todibo as a replacement for Raphael Varane

According to Caught Offside (h/t The Mirror), Manchester United are considering Jean-Clair Todibo as a replacement for Raphael Varane as the latter continues to be tipped to join the Saudi Pro League. Losing a player like Varane will surely be a costly affair and it’s very important to find a worthy replacement.

While it had previously appeared that Harry Maguire might be the obvious choice to leave, that is no longer the case as the player is eager to fight for his place in Erik ten Hag’s squad, while Varane is understood to have expressed a desire to try a new challenge. The Red Devils are keen to make a centre-back a priority in 2024.

United have scouted Todibo closely, and there are rumours that he may soon depart OGC Nice for a fresh opportunity. The French side are expected to demand about £45 million for their star defender.

Manchester United are considering  Jean-Clair Todibo as a replacement for Raphael Varane.
Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo as emerged as a replacement for Raphael Varane if he decides to depart to Saudi Arabia. (Photo by VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images)

Since leaving Real Madrid a few years ago, Varane has largely been a reliable player, but it’s also obvious that he has seen better days in his long and distinguished career. MUFC has identified a few younger centre-backs as possible alternatives.

In addition to strengthening their defence, Manchester United’s possible signing of Todibo would demonstrate their forward-thinking attitude to hiring. Acquiring a youthful defender with the 23-year-old’s level of skill might bring stability and resilience at the back, making him a long-term solution to our woes.

Saudi Arabia wants its local league to be among the biggest in the world, and it wants to be able to compete with its counterparts in Europe. Thus, Varane fits the profile of the player the Saudi Pro League is trying to lure to its shores.

Manchester United are considering  Jean-Clair Todibo as a replacement for Raphael Varane.
Manchester United star Raphael Varane might leave the club amidst rumours from the Middle-East clubs. (Image Credit: Getty Images)

If the deal goes through, he would follow Alex Telles to Saudi Arabia. The story also implies that this would be just one of numerous departures this summer as Erik ten Hag tries to turn around a faltering team.

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Without a doubt, Todibo is destined for the highest levels of football. We’ll have to wait and watch if the Frenchman lives up to his potential while wearing a Man United shirt.

Written by Aditya Bose

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