Everton could be closing in on their first signing of the summer transfer window, according to recent reports.
Per Spanish newspaper Sport in Monday’s print edition, via Sport Witness, the Toffees may have already reached an agreement with Barcelona for the transfer of centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo with them tabling an offer totalling €25m (£22.6m).
It’s claimed that the La Liga outfit had been waiting for a better offer to come forward, but as that is seeming less likely, the door has opened for the Merseysiders to land the 20-year-old.
Should Everton pay £22.6m for Jean-Clair Todibo?
Erm, no way!
There is also a belief that the young defender will double his wages at Goodison Park with Marcel Brands already discussing personal terms.
Barcelona are willing to sell the player in order to garner funds this summer and Everton appear to be in the front seat to land him.
This looks a rather smart move from Carlo Ancelotti, Brands and whoever else is involved in the Toffees’ hierarchy as the Frenchman is certainly one for the future,
World Cup-winning sweeper Lothar Matthaus has spoken glowingly on Todibo’s talents, claiming he’s the “best centre-back I’ve seen in a long time” and for his age, he’s “incredibly calm”.
Former Barca boss Ernesto Valverde also waxed lyrical about the 6 foot 3 colossus. He said: “He’s a great player, with a bright future and physical qualities.”
Todibo’s season has been riddled with injuries having been restricted to just 664 minutes all campaign, but evidently from the endorsements above, he’d be an intriguing option at Goodison.
Ancelotti could have himself a centre-back pairing for years to come if he manages to clinch the former Toulouse star as he’d slot in right alongside emerging starter Mason Holgate.
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