For some strange reason Jean-Clair Todibo he has not managed to gain the trust of any coach at FC Barcelona. When it came from the Toulouse in exchange for a million euros -he finished contract and agreed to his arrival at Camp Nou with the culés-, Ernesto Valverde He paid little attention to it and much less opportunities, so he authorized his departure last January.
After the fleeting passage of Quique Setien by FC Barcelona, which coincided with the loan of Jean-Clair Todibo to Schalke 04 with somewhat uneven performance, it was expected that Ronald Koeman could grant a second chance to the French central. And more considering that Samuel umtiti it was not in the Dutchman’s plans and that the arrival of Eric García was going to be complicated.
But it didn’t come this time either. Ronald Koeman featured Gerard Piqué, Clément Lenglet Y Ronald Araújo as main centrals and with Santiago Ramos Mingo as an emergency option in the face of uncertainty with Samuel Umtiti. Jean-Clair Todibo did not play for a minute with the Dutch coach, who was clear that he was out. That is why the club put him on the market.
FC Barcelona was very close to selling him for 18 million euros to Fulham, but the player rejected the option at the last minute and opted for the Benfica, with a much less compelling offer. The Portuguese paid two million euros to take over the loan of the Frenchman for two seasons and obtained a non-mandatory purchase option worth 20.
From what it seems, Jean-Clair Todibo has not taken too long to woo Benfica’s coaching staff. According to the information published this Sunday by the ‘Correio da Manha’, Jorge Jesus, coach of the Portuguese team, he is impressed with the qualities that the player on loan from FC Barcelona is showing him in the few training sessions he has been in Portugal. He believes he has the potential to be a major player.
The FC Barcelona, scarce of central
FC Barcelona has an obvious deficit in the central position, the least populated and weakest of the squad. It is true that the intention of the Barcelona team is to reinforce themselves with Eric García in January but, to date, it could have given Jean-Clair Todibo the opportunity, rather than ‘giving away’ his loan for two million. If the Frenchman progresses properly, he could raise his value well above those 20 million in which his purchase option is encrypted.