Sources: Man Utd have ‘high chance’ to sign 40m star Ratcliffe really likes

Before the summer transfer window opens, GIVEMESPORT sources have revealed that Manchester United is increasingly set to travel to Nice with a formal offer for Jean-Clair Todibo. The France international has been regarded as a more cost-effective option than Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite.

The Red Devils have started their hiring process as they usher in a new era, despite persistent worries over manager Erik ten Hag’s availability for the 2024–25 campaign due to new technical director Jason Wilcox’s evaluation of the Dutch tactician’s qualifications.

After extensive talks with the Glazer family, INEOS chief executive Sir Jim Ratcliffe completed the purchase of a 25% stake in Manchester United two and a half months ago. This allowed him to become a co-owner and take charge of football operations, and the backline has already been identified as a need for strengthening.

Todibo Identified as Key Target Ahead of Summer Window

Red Devils confident they have better chance of landing Nice defender than Branthwaite 

According to GMS sources, Manchester United has designated Todibo as a top transfer target after internal talks at Old Trafford. They will probably try to see how strong Nice is when they make an official bid when the summer transfer window starts in a few weeks.

The 24-year-old has reportedly been added to a shortlist of possible additions that has been assembled behind the scenes after making 30 appearances for his current team this season. The Red Devils are debating whether to further up their pursuit of the player.

GMS sources have been informed that landing Branthwaite is considered Manchester United’s top priority, but there is uncertainty over whether Everton will allow him to embark on a fresh challenge at an affordable price after he has become one of the first names on the team sheet at Goodison Park.

Jean-Clair Todibo’s statistical averages per 90 minutes this season compared to Jarrad Branthwaite
Jean-Clair Todibo Jarrad Branthwaite
Pass completion percentage 89.6 79.6
Percentage of aerial duels won 58.7 68.2
Clearances 3.50 4.69
Tackles 1.84 1.87
Interceptions 1.35 1.53
Blocks 1.24 1.38
Statistics correct as of 06/05/2024
Todibo has been identified as a center-back who they already know might be drafted in more easily since he might be available for a discounted charge of £40 million. It’s important that the hierarchy has faith in him because they control Nice.

Despite Ratcliffe’s authority over the Ligue 1 team, respected writer Ben Jacobs recently told GMS that Manchester United would still need to reach an agreement at a reasonable market value. This implies that payments may need to be approved before negotiations begin.

Ratcliffe Eager to Recruit Two Central Defenders

New-look hierarchy keen to bolster backline before next season 

According to sources close to GMS, Manchester United’s new management team has set their sights on signing two central defenders this summer. They understand that strengthening their defense is necessary if they hope to contend for the top spot in the Premier League in the upcoming seasons.

Todibo’s contract allows him to earn slightly less than £20,000 per week for the remaining three years, and Nice will be well-positioned heading into the summer as there is no release clause that the Red Devils can activate. However, there is conjecture regarding whether Todibo could enter the market for a lower price than first anticipated.

Manchester United are still plotting a summer move for the ex-Barcelona man, who has been described as ‘very talented’ by former teammate Aaron Ramsey, and there is a serious possibility of him being set to walk away from the Allianz Riviera ahead of the 2024/25 campaign getting underway.

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