Official: Barcelona sign Jean-Clair Todibo after transfer brought forward

La Liga giants Barcelona have this morning confirmed that Jean-Clair Todibo has signed for the club with immediate effect.

Toulouse prodigy

Todibo, a gifted 19-year-old central-defender who can also play in midfield, is regarded as one of the finest young stoppers in European football.

The French U20-international came up through the youth ranks of FC Les Lilas, before making the move to Ligue 1 outfit Toulouse in 2016.

And Todibo since went on to break into Les Pitchouns’ senior setup for the first time at the beginning of the current campaign.

Todibo in-demand

However, despite having only appeared in 10 first-team fixtures to this point in his career, the powerful defender has already caught the eye of a number of European football’s biggest clubs.

All of Barcelona, Juventus, Napoli and Liverpool had been named as suitors of Todibo over recent months.

And, with the youngster’s deal with Toulouse having been set to expire in the summer, the race to secure a pre-contract agreement with Todibo had unsurprisingly stepped up a notch since the turn of the year.

Barcelona deal

In the end, the Frenchman opted for Barcelona, with the Spanish champions having confirmed 3 weeks ago that an agreement had been reached for Todibo to make the move to the Camp Nou at the end of the season:

Todibo arrives

However, with Samuel Umtiti continuing to struggle with a long-term knee problem, Thomas Vermaelen’s injury troubles well-documented and Gerard Pique set to turn 32 tomorrow, Barca reopened negotiations with Toulouse this week, in an attempt to bring Todibo’s transfer forward.

As such, an agreement was quickly reached, with the Blaugrana having confirmed last night that their latest signing would be made official today:

And this announcement has since been forthcoming, with Todibo having put pen to paper on a 4-and-a-half year deal at the Camp Nou, and been handed the club’s no.6 jersey:

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