An update has emerged on Newcastle United and their interest in Jean-Clair Todibo in the summer transfer window…
The report claims that Manchester United are also keen on the Frenchman and both teams could make an attempt to sign him in the coming weeks.
It is stated that OGC Nice will look for a fee in the region of €20m (£17m) from any club making an offer to sign the ex-Barcelona talent.
PIF can now land Eddie Howe the perfect partner for recent signing Sven Botman by securing a deal to sign Todibo this summer.
The former Lille man is a left-footed centre-back who typically plays on his preferred side and the club can now find his partner on the right of the duo.
Todibo’s preferred position is at right centre-back and this means that he would complement Botman as they would be able to play alongside each other and both be in their favoured position.
Whereas, Dan Burn or the Dutchman would need to play on their weak foot if they were the first-choice pairing, potentially harming the build-up play if they are unable to effectively play the ball out from the back on their right side.
Not only would the signing of Todibo be ideal because of his position, the potential pairing formed by the addition of the Frenchman would form an excellent, strong, backline for Howe.
Botman caught the eye in Ligue 1 last term for Lille as he proved that he can deliver consistently impressive displays at the back.
Todibo, meanwhile, was sublime for Nice in the same division. Talent scout Jacek Kulig previously dubbed him “solid as a rock” and his statistics suggest that he was a brick wall for the French outfit.
The 22-year-old played 36 games in Ligue 1 and averaged a SofaScore rating of 7.09 as he won 60% of his duels and helped his team to keep 12 clean sheets. He has proven that he can perform at a high-level week-in-week-out and this suggests that he has the scope to be an excellent signing for the Toon.
They are both gems with the potential to improve, as they are both 22, and have plenty of time left ahead of them to develop as players. This means that they could grow alongside each other and be a sublime pairing at the back for Newcastle for many years to come.