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One of Manchester United’s key transfer targets confirms talks

The 24-year-old could be a perfect solution to United’s defensive struggles.

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With the season now at a close, the summer transfer window is our exciting break before next season gets underway. And one of the priorities for Manchester United is going to be central defence.

We already know that Raphael Varane is set to leave the club on a free transfer. Regardless of what his immediate future holds, Jonny Evans is certainly not a long term solution at the back. And there are still a number of question marks around the futures of both Victor Lindelof and Harry Maguire.

Therefore, it’s almost certain that United will look to bring in some new faces to bolster their defensive backline.

Already a number of names are being linked to the club with Manchester United wanting to reinforce their defence and bring in some younger talent.

One of their key transfer targets has come out in an interview with The Telegraph and commented on rumours regarding his future.

Jean-Clair Todibo has now confirmed they he has had discussions around his future when referring to both Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

The Nice centre-back has confirmed that following some successful seasons playing for the Ligue 1 outfit, talks have taken place in respect to a move to the English Premier League. The Frenchman went on to comment that he wants to play in the ‘best competitions in the world’.

When answering around the truth related to conversations being held with United and Spurs, Todibo commented, “Honestly, I don’t want to talk about [my future] because of my respect for the fans here and the club also.

“But we had a little discussion, for sure.”

The 24-year-old could be a perfect solution to their defensive struggles experienced in the 2023/24 English Premier League season finishing eighth overall. Todibo has all the qualities to be a potential replacement for Raphael Varane once he leaves this summer.

This could also be a second chance at United securing the young centre-back after he decided to join Toulouse at the age of 17 following a trial with the Red Devils as well as at Nottingham Forest.

During the interview, Todibo reflected on his time during his United trial, with his main memory being that of Marcus Rashford’s debut in the UEFA Europa League.

Todibo has played at a big stage before also – having spent time at Barcelona in La Liga. However, his time there was fairly unremarkable. The defender struggled for game time competing with the likes of Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet. Instead, Todibo found himself on loan to Schalke in Germany followed by Benfica in Portugal, before settling in Nice. This resulted in many questioning whether he can make the step up in quality. Todibo was quick to tell the newspaper how, this time, things would be different.

“I was 18 when I went to Barcelona.

“Now I am 24, I am married, I have two kids. My mind is different. I am a national team player. I have to think a little bit more.

“The life that I want to have means I’m much more thoughtful about what I do.

“My ambition is to play in the best competitions in the world and try to be the best version of me. Try to be the best defender, for sure, that I can be.”

So it seems that Jean-Clair Todibo is setting himself up for a move this summer. He was heavily rumoured to be on the move in the last transfer window too, but talking so openly in the media about his ambitions certainly gives an impression that he’s now ready to step up again.

With Nice coming fifth in last year’s Ligue 1 season, they are set up to be playing in the UEFA Europa League next season. Manchester United have also gained entry to the competition through winning the FA Cup Final. However, the INEOS ownership of both Manchester United and Nice may cause some complications with both team’s prospects at European football.

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