Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo joins Benfica on two-year loan deal with option to buy after tall defender spent last season on loan at Bundesliga side Schalke
- Barcelona have sent defender Jean-Clair Todibo to Benfica on loan for two years
- The 20-year-old French defender moved to the Camp Nou on a free last year
- Todibo played four games for the Catalans before going to Schalke on loan
Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo has signed for Benfica on a two-year loan deal with an option to buy.
The 20-year-old defender completed a move to the Catalans on a free transfer 12 months ago but spent the second-half of last season on loan at Bundesliga side Schalke.
Fulham were linked with a move for the 6ft 3inch defender with Scott Parker’s side reportedly keen to pay £16.3million for the player’s signature.
Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo has moved to Benfica on a two-year loan deal
Now he has moved to the Portuguese giants on a £1.8million loan deal with an option to make the deal permanent for £18million at the end of the temporary spell.
The French defender came through the ranks at Toulouse before breaking into the first-team in 2018. Todibo r played just ten times in the French top-flight before moving to Barcelona – then managed by Ernesto Valverde.
The centre-back played just four times in LaLiga before being shipped out to Schalke on loan, where he played eight times for David Wagner’s side – who failed to pick up a single win from the beginning of the Bundesliga restart to the end of the season.
The 20-year-old French defender spent the second half of last season on loan at Schalke
Todibo is the third high-profile defensive arrival at Benfica, who completed deals for Premier League duo Jan Vertonghen and Nicolas Otamendi earlier this summer.
Vertonghen moved from Tottenham Hotspur on a free transfer after eight years in north London while Otamendi ended a five-year spell at Manchester City to move to Portugal for £13.5million.
Todibo has been capped nine times for the France Under 20s since making his international youth debut at that level in 2018.