Man Utd reignite interest in former Barcelona star and add Premier League youngster to watchlist

Ben Stewart
Tottenham Hotspur's Bryan Gil takes on Jean-Clair Todibo of OGC Nice
Tottenham Hotspur's Bryan Gil takes on Jean-Clair Todibo of OGC Nice

Manchester United have reignited their interest in Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo and they are also looking at a Premier League star.

The Red Devils have had a busy transfer window so far with the addition of Mason Mount and Andre Onana.

Erik ten Hag’s side are now looking to finalise a deal for Rasmus Hojlund and they are still keen on a move for Sofyan Amrabat.

Once those signings are finalised, Ten Hag is set to switch his attention to Man Utd’s defensive options.

Todibo has been a long-term target for United and the latest reports have claimed they are willing to go back in for the defender.

According to The Mirror, the French defender is on Ten Hag’s radar as he may like the idea of ‘adding some youth’ to his backline.

The 23-year-old is coming off the back on an impressive Ligue 1 campaign with Nice and Newcastle are also said to be interested.

Nice boasted the second-best defence in Ligue 1 last season as they only shipped 37 goals across the entire campaign.

Todibo featured in 34 matches and had a noteworthy campaign for the French side. The former Barcelona defender has a contract which runs until 2027 with Nice and so the French club are in a strong position to negotiate his price tag.

The same report also states that Man Utd are interested in Everton defender Jarrad Branthwaite as an alternative option.

After spending last season on loan with PSV the 21-year-old defender has plenty of potential suitors with Liverpool also said to be interested.

Ten Hag would be wise to look into some younger defensive options as the likes of Harry Maguire and Raphael Varane are both in their thirties.

While Man Utd did reject West Ham’s opening bid for Maguire, the former United captain still faces an uncertain future.

West Ham are considering submitting a second bid for the defender, although his wages could still be an issue with the deal.

“The word we have got out of the Maguire camp is that he is resolute in thinking he can get his place back in the Manchester United side,” Simon Stone told BBC Sport.

“I think the problem from the West Ham side is they would really like him but the wages Maguire is on would be far in excess of anything they are paying.”

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