Wolverhampton Wanderers have enjoyed a busy week of transfer activity, splashing out a club-record fee on a teenager and bolstering their backline but their latest reported move could spell trouble…
According to Sport (via Sport Witness), the Molineux-based outfit are showing the most interest in young Barcelona centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo with new manager Ronald Koeman not seeing him as part of his plans this season.
They claim the Catalan giants want €20m (£18m) for the 20-year-old’s signature but they face difficulty in offloading him as he is yet to return to training having tested positive for the virus.
The 6 foot 3 colossus is described as a perfect fit for the Premier League by the same source.
It’s an interesting landscape in the west Midlands right now after sporting director Kevin Thelwell departed for America, leaving chairman Jeff Shi in charge of transfers this summer.
He claimed last month that his job is “50 per cent” about recruitment. He’s signed Fabio Silva from Porto and Marcal from Champions League semi-finalists Lyon, but a new central defender shouldn’t go amiss.
However, a swoop for Todibo should be avoided despite all the promise and enamour that he’s been carrying throughout his career is yet to come to fruition.
Bundesliga.com compared him to PL great Marcel Desailly due to his pace, physical strength and technical ability whilst German legend Lothar Matthaus once said: “Todibo is the best centre-back I’ve seen in a long time. At 20 he is incredibly calm, he always finds interesting solutions.”
He’s even been likened to fellow compatriot and Madrid rival Raphael Varane.
The France U20 international has barely featured for Barcelona and even during a loan spell at Schalke, he wasn’t able to get out on the pitch much at all.
From eight appearances, Todibo averaged 2.6 clearances, 1.9 tackles and 1.9 interceptions, via WhoScored.
This move just reeks of being another Jesus Vallejo, who arrived at Molineux with similar glamour yet Nuno very rarely allowed him the opportunity and now with Marcal in the mix, he could find game time even harder in the English top-flight.
Wolves were keen back in 2018, and perhaps they were smart to miss out.
AND in other news, Wolves can’t trust Jorge Mendes over move for expensive FLOP…