Romano reveals Man Utd will have to pay ‘important money’ for French star who has already given transfer ‘ok’

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Man Utd transfer target Jean-Clair Todibo
Jean-Clair Todibo is on Ten Hag's shotlist to replace Harry Maguire at Man Utd.

Fabrizio Romano insists Man Utd will have to pay “important money” to land Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo this summer despite previous claims he could be available for a ‘bargain price’.

The Red Devils have brought in Mason Mount, Andre Onana and Rasmus Hojlund this summer with Erik ten Hag now turning his attention to outgoings before sealing more incomings.

Ten Hag would still like to bring in a new centre-back and a new midfielder but the club are still looking to sell Fred, Donny van de Beek, Harry Maguire and other squad players before embarking on another recruitment drive.

Several clubs are keen on taking Fred away from Old Trafford, Van de Beek looks set to move on loan to Real Socieded, while both Maguire and Scott McTominay are wanted by West Ham.

And that will give Ten Hag some scope to bring in his final two top targets with Fiorentina’s Sofyan Amrabat and Nice’s Todibo the players leading his shortlists.

A previous report in Spanish newspaper Nacional claimed that Todibo has given Man Utd the ‘ok’ to pursue a deal with the Red Devils set to land the centre-back at a ‘‘bargain price’.

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The publication insisted that Man Utd are set to seal a €30m deal for Todibo and that it is just ‘a matter of moments’ before they confirm a transfer.

However, Romano insists that is wide of the mark on a couple of counts with the Italian journalist writing on social media that there have been “no bid or talks at this stage”.

The deal is understood to completely depend on Maguire’s future at the club, while Nice are reportedly looking for €40-45m for Todibo, well over what Nacional were claiming.

Romano wrote in his Caught Offside column: “Jean-Clair Todibo could leave Nice before the transfer window shuts but it all depends on the value of the bid, as the French club want important money; something around €40/45m, which is similar to what Chelsea paid for Axel Disasi.

“Manchester United are well informed on Todibo and he’s on their list, but it depends on Maguire’s exit, who is wanted by West Ham.”

Matt Turner’s imminent move from Arsenal to Nottingham Forest has thrown Dean Henderson’s future up in the air but Romano has revealed that the Forest are still looking to sign the former Sheffield United loanee.

Romano added: “Nottingham Forest will speak again to Manchester United in the next few days about a deal for Dean Henderson.”