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Jean-Clair Todibo: Tottenham want £39m Manchester United and Liverpool target in January​

Signing a centre-back is the main priority, with three other players of interest, but a loan move for former Celtic winger Jota is also a possibility

Tottenham have joined the race to sign Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo, as they prepare to enter the transfer market for a new centre-back in January.

Spurs are desperate for defensive reinforcements and are ready to rival Manchester United and Liverpool for France international Todibo.

The 23-year-old has impressed in a Nice side challenging Paris Saint-Germain at the top of Ligue 1 and is said to be available for around £39million.

Spurs have made a new centre-back their top priority in January but they are expected to face competition from some of the best clubs in Europe for Todibo.

Micky van de Ven is out until next year with a hamstring injury and, with Cristian Romero suspended, Ange Postecoglou played full-backs Ben Davies and Emerson Royal in central defence in Sunday’s 2-1 defeat to Aston Villa.

Spurs also have long-standing interest in Bournemouth's Lloyd Kelly, while Crystal Palace's Marc Guehi and Everton's Jarrad Branthwaite are possible alternative targets.

Todibo is keen to move to the Premier League but, having broken into the France squad, will seek assurances he will be a regular starter as he bids to force his way into an ultra-competitive Les Bleus backline ahead of Euro 2024 next summer.

Spurs already have a top-level centre-back pairing in Van de Ven and Romero, but are looking to add depth in that position.
Todibo is also in less of a rush to move given Nice are mounting a title challenge after an unbeaten start of the season.

Postecoglou wants a new defensive signing lined up to come in early in January.

New Spurs sporting director Johan Lange will help guide chairman Daniel Levy over January plans and add names to their shortlist.

Palace and Everton will fight hard to keep both Guehi and Branthwaite, and Kelly may be the most viable option in January given his contract expires next summer.

Kelly did, however, sustain a hamstring injury at the weekend and could be set for a spell on the sidelines himself.

Eric Dier could leave Spurs in January after again being dropped for the Villa defeat.
 

JayB

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It's looking like meeting Nice's valuation won't be the issue. The original link earlier this month stated that he was "said to be available for around £39 million", which would be €45m. The more recent reporting suggests our starting point in negotiations is £35m, not far off that valuation at all and a sign that we're serious about getting this done.

Even if Nice holds out for €50m (£43m), that's about what we paid for Porro, VdV, and Johnson, so one would think we'd also be willing to pay it to address the single biggest need in the squad.

The bigger questions are whether Nice will be willing to deal with us given their link to United, and whether the player will pick us over his other options.
 

HNIM

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It's looking like meeting Nice's valuation won't be the issue. The original link earlier this month stated that he was "said to be available for around £39 million", which would be €45m. The more recent reporting suggests our starting point in negotiations is £35m, not far off that valuation at all and a sign that we're serious about getting this done.

Even if Nice holds out for €50m (£43m), that's about what we paid for Porro, VdV, and Johnson, so one would think we'd also be willing to pay it to address the single biggest need in the squad.

The bigger questions are whether Nice will be willing to deal with us given their link to United, and whether the player will pick us over his other options.
And whether we assess that his alleged attitude issues at Barca have been outgrown to our satisfaction.
 

Snarfalicious

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Todibo or Dragusin as the options are pretty encouraging, in my mind. Not stopgap types but real challengers to starting roles, with projectibility/upside.
 

King of the Lane

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This would be a top signing for us and mean we have 3 quality players that will compete for the 1st choice CB pairing. Davies is also good backup so from our weakest area in the squad, we would actually be very strong
 

Twizzle

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He'll fit in here pretty well


Nice[edit]​

On 1 February 2021, Todibo joined Ligue 1 club Nice on loan with an option to buy after his loan contract was mutually terminated by Barcelona and Benfica.[12] On 27 June, the move was made permanent by the club as they paid €8.5m (+ €7m in variables) to Barcelona. Barcelona also reserved rights to a percentage of his future sale.[13]

On 18 September 2022, he was sent off in a match against Angers after nine seconds, the fastest red card in Ligue 1 history.[14]
 

Spartan Spurs

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He'll fit in here pretty well


Nice[edit]​

On 1 February 2021, Todibo joined Ligue 1 club Nice on loan with an option to buy after his loan contract was mutually terminated by Barcelona and Benfica.[12] On 27 June, the move was made permanent by the club as they paid €8.5m (+ €7m in variables) to Barcelona. Barcelona also reserved rights to a percentage of his future sale.[13]

On 18 September 2022, he was sent off in a match against Angers after nine seconds, the fastest red card in Ligue 1 history.[14]
Red card was given but I don't see it as anything more than a yellow.
 

talbot64

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Todibo or Dragusin as the options are pretty encouraging, in my mind. Not stopgap types but real challengers to starting roles, with projectibility/upside.
And Morato from Benfica, definitely a lot of smoke for a quality CB coming in
 
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