FC Barcelona has struck a deal which will see 19-year-old defender Jean-Clair Todibo make his way to Camp Nou as a free agent when his contract at Toulouse expires.
The highly-rated defender had been tracked by some of Europe’s biggest sides but his insistence on going to Barcelona deterred some other teams from pursuing a deal.
He has already represented France at U20 level and big things are expected of him in the future. Upon reaching an agreement to bring in a man they hope to see flourish in Catalunya, a statement released on Barca’s official website read: “Todibo is a tall, right-footed defender who can play at centre back and also in the centre of the midfield.
“At the youth level he often featured in the middle of the field given his ability on the ball. One of his best qualities is his physical presence and his ability in the air. At just 19 years of age, the young talent comes to FC Barcelona as one of the most promising players in European football in his position.”
Todibo was born in Cayenne, the capital of French Guyana, but linked up with Toulouse in 2016. He progressed quickly through the ranks at the Ligue 1 club and was handed his competitive debut early in the 2018-19 campaign. His bow came at the age of 18 in a meeting with Bordeaux. He has gone on to make a further nine appearances this season, all of them as a starter.
The signing of the defender comes at a time when Barcelona are struggling in their defensive department with injury concerns at hand. The youngster will provide a fresh option and increase the defensive depth for the Catalans as they prepare for life in the long run.
Barcelona has seen Samuel Umtiti struggle with knee problems this season, while Thomas Vermaelen’s fitness woes have continued and Gerard Pique will be 32 before the current campaign comes to a close.