Defensive reinforcement: Manchester United eyes Jean-Clair Todibo, but ‘Newcastle rule’ looms large

Manchester United is considering acquiring Jean-Clair Todibo from Nice, owned by Sir Jim Ratcliffe, to strengthen their defense. Despite an unsuccessful attempt to sign Todibo in the summer, the Red Devils are now considering the possibility of a permanent transfer. Ratcliffe's potential investment could facilitate the transfer, but the Premier League's ban on loans between clubs under the same ownership group could impact Newcastle's pursuit of Ruben Neves.

Defensive Reinforcement: Manchester United Eyes Jean Clair Todibo, But 'newcastle Rule' Looms Large

Manchester United is exploring the prospect of securing the services of former Barcelona star Jean-Clair Todibo from Nice, owned by Sir Jim Ratcliffe. The Red Devils, under the management of Erik ten Hag, are keen on reinforcing their defense with a right-sided center-back in the January transfer window. While an attempt to sign Todibo was made in the summer, the 23-year-old opted to stay at Nice, expressing a desire to avoid making the wrong choice.

With injuries affecting their defensive lineup, United is revisiting the idea of bringing Todibo on board. The potential investment by Ratcliffe, set to acquire a 25% stake in the club, could facilitate the transfer, likely to be permanent. However, the Premier League’s push to ban loans between clubs under the same ownership group might pose a challenge, impacting Newcastle’s pursuit of Al-Hilal’s Ruben Neves.

Todibo, having earned one cap for France, has become a pivotal figure in Nice’s defense. As January planning unfolds amid Ratcliffe’s anticipated investment, Todibo emerges as a prominent defensive target for United, with the former Barcelona man having made 114 appearances for Nice since his loan move in February 2021.

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Jean-Clair Todibo

Jean-Clair Todibo


French GuianaFrench Guiana

Age: 25

190 cm

81 kg

Season 2023/2024
Played 30 4 Missed
Minutes 2654 88.5 Avg
Goals 0 0.0 Avg
Assist 2 0.1 Avg
Attempt 23 0.8 Avg
Passes 2445 81.586.3% AvgSucc
Yellow 2 0.1 Avg
Red 1 0.0 Avg

This season he played in total 11 times for 968 minutes for Ligue 1.

Jean-Clair Todibo didn’t score any goal for Nice. He procured one assist. He received 1 yellow card and no red cards.

His team is currently 2nd in Ligue 1. In the last match Nice drew 0-0 against Montpellier.

Nice performance and stats


Manager: Francesco Farioli
Rank 5th
Win 15
Draw 9
Loss 8
Goals 37-25
Diff 12

Nice is currently 2nd in the Ligue 1 with 26 points.

In the last 12 games, it has won 7 times and drawn 5 times. In its last match, Nice drawn 0-0 against Montpellier.​​

It has a positive goal difference after scoring 13 goals and conceding 4.​

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