Barcelona Weighing Up 2 Formal Offers for Jean-Clair Todibo

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Jean-Clair Todibo is expected to depart Barcelona | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

Barcelona have received two bids for French centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo, but they plan on taking their time to find the best possible offer before letting him go.

The 20-year-old spent the second half of the season on loan with Schalke, who had negotiated an option to buy Todibo permanently but eventually declined to trigger it.

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Schalke declined their £22.5m option to sign Todibo | DeFodi Images/Getty Images

The defender has now returned to Camp Nou, but is well aware that his time at the club is probably up. Barcelona are already looking for new centre-backs this summer, with Manchester City’s Eric García high on their wish list, and according to Mundo Deportivo, the Spanish side are also searching for buyers for Todibo.

The Frenchman is living in Barcelona again but sees his future away from the club, although the Catalans are in no rush to sanction his exit just yet.

They have received two formal offers for his signature this summer, but a decision will not be made until Barcelona have a clearer idea of where their pursuit of a new centre-back stands.

The names of those suitors are unknown, although the majority of the speculation surrounding Todibo’s future has involved Everton and Milan, who are both rumoured to see the Frenchman as an ideal signing this summer.

There’s also a mention of Leicester City; the suggestion is that those links come from local papers in England, but they actually come from Spanish outlet Sport (via Sport Witness). Ah, the fun of the rumour mill.

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Eric Garcia is Barcelona’s preferred replacement | Marc Atkins/Getty Images

Todibo is expected to cost close to £22.5m, which would give Barcelona a significant profit on the six-figure fee they paid Toulouse to sign him in January 2019.

He is expected to be replaced by Manchester City’s García, who has rejected a new contract at the Etihad Stadium and could be sold this summer after entering the final year of his current deal.

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