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Barcelona are unhappy with Jean-Clair Todibo’s decision to reject a £16 million move to Fulham after the La Liga giants were forced to accept a loan offer from Benfica instead, according to Mundo Deportivo.

While the cash-strapped Catalonians will be thrilled to get a couple of fringe players off an eye-watering wage bill on deadline day, the coffers at the Camp Nou are still a tad dry.

In an ideal world, Barcelona would have raked in about £30 million via the sales of Todibo and Rafinha Alcantara.

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But while Rafinha’s £14 million release clause went untriggered, with the Brazilian instead joining PSG on a free transfer, Todibo departed on loan rather than sealing a big-money move to the Premier League.

Fulham had offered £16 million for the French centre-back.

But while Barcelona were desperate to push through the move, Todibo was less enamoured by the prospect of swapping Camp Nou for Craven Cottage.

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Perhaps that had something to do with the fact that, after four league games, Scott Parker’s Fulham are bottom of the table without a single point.

Todibo, once described by 1990 Ballon D’Or winner Lothar Matthaus as the “best centre-back I’ve seen in a long time”, has instead joined Benfica on loan.

The Lisbon giants have an option, not an obligation, to sign Todibo permanently in two years’ time.

Barca may be waiting a while for that particular windfall – if it ever arrives.

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