English Premier League Tottenham Hotspur aims for French OGC Nice defender Jean-Cler Todibo (21), who drew attention when he rejected a recruitment offer handed over by Manchester United.
Fabrizio Romano, a transfer market expert, said on the 21st (Korea time) that Tottenham started negotiations with Nice over recruiting Todibo. British media, including talk sports, also covered the news on the same day.
Manchester United tried to recruit Todibo ahead of this season. The move came after Kim Min-jae, who was the target of recruitment, moved to Bayern Munich in Germany from Naples, Italy.
However, Todibo has refused to move to Manchester United. In an interview with France’s Le Quipe in September, he said, “I will not lie. I didn’t think it would be advantageous to play in a big club to increase my chances of playing for France. Instead, I felt it was important to be guaranteed time in Nice.”랭크카지노
He added, “The sea I felt through my career experience. I was much more thoughtful. I didn’t want to make a mistake in my choice. I was very calm.”
Todibo, who was in the spotlight as a promising defender in Toulouse, accepted the contract handed over by Spain’s FC Barcelona, which looked into its potential in 2019.
However, it was difficult to get a chance in the star-studded Barcelona defense at an early age. He was loaned to Schalke, Germany, and Benfica, Portugal to secure playing time, but failed to secure consistent playing time there. As his growth stagnated, he seemed to become one of many prospects that were forgotten.
What changed Todibo’s soccer life was the transfer to Nice in 2021. After moving to Nice, Todibo finally became a built-in starting player. He showed potential from the first year of his transfer and emerged as one of the leading central defenders in Ligue 1 with 40 games played. Analysts say that Todibo’s performance was crucial for Nice, which was evaluated as a mid-ranking player, to finish the season in fifth place.
Todibo started making its name known in the European leagues by playing in 40 games last season as well, and has played in 14 games as Nice’s main defender this season, spearheading Nice’s battle with Paris Saint-Germain to lead the league. As of Wednesday, Nice is in second place with five points, two behind Paris Saint-Germain.
Due to his performance in his team, Todibo was selected for the French senior national team in March. The decision to reject Manchester United, which had been forced to compete for the starting lineup, and choose Nice, which had a guaranteed playing time, was successful.
Jean-Cler Todibo also played in a friendly match against Tottenham Hotspur.
Todibo is 190 centimeters tall but has fast feet, which makes it known as the “second Raphael Varane” in France. Although his weakness is that he is somewhat less capable of competing in the air ball, his high-quality passing ability is another advantage for a center back.
Football London said Tottenham is making the recruitment of a central defender a top priority in the winter transfer market. In Tottenham’s defense, Christian Romero is currently back, but his partner Mickey van der Pen is still missing due to an injury. As it is predicted that van der Pen will return after January, there is a strong demand to reinforce the central defender.
If Todibo joins, it can be immediately put into the central defense, where Van der Pen is missing. However, given that Todibo needs a steady playing time, how to allocate playing time with Romero when Van der Pen returns is expected to be the key to the transfer negotiations. Some analysts say that if Todibo joins, it will also have the effect of instilling competitiveness in the competition for the starting lineup for Romero, who is criticized for unnecessary or rough fouls, such as being sent off in the 11th round against Chelsea.
Spurs Webb predicted, “It will be difficult to find a central defender for a reasonable amount of £35 million in the January transfer market. If Todibo wants to join Tottenham, he has to make things happen right away.”