Everton are reportedly keen on Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo.
Everton have pulled off a number of deals with Barcelona in recent times, and they may just have another one in the pipeline.
The Toffees landed Lucas Digne and Yerry Mina from Barcelona in the summer or 2018, and then took Andre Gomes on loan before turning his deal permanent too.
Marcel Brands appears to have strong ties to the Catalan giants, and one more signing could be arriving from the Camp Nou this summer.
Catalan newspaper SPORT claim that Everton are close to agreeing a deal worth just €20million (£17.4million) for defender Jean-Clair Todibo, which seems a very cheap price.
Barca had loaned Todibo to Schalke in January, placing a €25million (£21.7million) buyout clause in the deal, which the Bundesliga side won’t be paying as they pursue cheaper options.
The Frenchman, 20, has been tipped for a huge future, yet Barcelona seem willing to offload him to Everton in order to try and raise funds for other deals.
Barcelona are trying to place a buy-back clause into the move, but that is allegedly ‘almost impossible’ as Everton fight to sign Todibo for the long-term.
Barca fans aren’t happy as it is, but this Todibo news has left some fans furious, claiming that the club’s board is ‘incompetent’ if they sell Todibo, calling the decision ‘mind boggling’ and ‘baffling’.
Others think Todibo could be even better than Matthijs de Ligt one day, and are ‘done’ with the club if they allow such a bright young talent to leave for Everton in such a relatively low-cost move.
Loaning out Todibo with a stupidly low buy option was an incredibly stupid mistake to make in the first place. But not learning from that mistake and then selling him for an even lower fee is bordering on psychotic.— TalkFCB (@FCBNewsRoom) April 27, 2020
It’s quite mind boggling what’s happening in @FCBarcelona when it comes to sporting projects. They have a young dynamic CB in Todibo & they can’t wait to sell him & would stick to death w/ an aging CB or buy a CB for millions of $@jmbartomeu @EAbidalOfficial @QSetien https://t.co/6AANfTr3BM— Ella A. (@EllaAyra) April 29, 2020
At some point, people have to realise this isn’t mistakes anymore…it’s incompetence… https://t.co/8BUZCQ9tWy— inder methil (@indermethil) April 27, 2020
Barca board is very stupid https://t.co/2ik4TjEUlg— Ninja Gozaru (@FafanFathan) April 28, 2020
Todibo would have a better future than de ligt— Sagar Khadke (@khadke_sagar) April 27, 2020
He is 20 years old and he is ready to wait for his time. Instead we will buy some good for nothing 28year old claiming experience matters. This board is so messed up man. I’m done He is one of the very few ball playing defenders in the game rn. We cannot lose him— Subhash (@LeomiGOAT) April 27, 2020
It’s baffling how stupid our board is. We want to sell Arthur and Todibo, two players who have the exact abilities to excel at Barça. https://t.co/Cp60qL6PpT— Nesser (@FCBNesser) April 27, 2020
They will make sure our club is completely destroyed before they leave.— anuparno acharya (@anuparno3) April 27, 2020
Is this a JOKE?— BEZALEEL ADEWUMI (@phabol1129) April 27, 2020
If we end up selling both Arthur and Todibo I don’t even know what to do anymore— T (AtHome) (@ToloFCB) April 27, 2020