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Transfer Latest: Chelsea and Man United Warned Off French International

Chelsea and Man United’s Defensive Reinforcement Quest

Nice’s Firm Stance on Todibo

In a candid revelation by Nice’s sporting director Florent Ghisolfi, reported by Tom Gott at 90Min, Chelsea and Manchester United have been handed a stark transfer warning: French international Jean-Clair Todibo is not on the market this January. Todibo has been integral to a Nice side with an impressive defensive record, catching the eye of several Premier League clubs.

Premier League Giants Circle

Manchester United’s interest in Todibo is longstanding, intensified by the impending INEOS ownership link with Nice, potentially giving them an edge in any future negotiations. Chelsea, amidst a defensive reshuffle, has also earmarked the 24-year-old defender as a possible acquisition. Yet, Spurs’ recent shift in focus away from Todibo highlights the difficulty in prying him away from the Allianz Riviera.

United’s Summer Transfer Prospects

United’s strategy for a new defender is set to unfold in the summer, with a distinct advantage expected post-Ratcliffe’s takeover. Yet, Todibo is just one name among a list that includes talents like Ronald Araujo and Goncalo Inacio. United’s final decision awaits the completion of their new recruitment structure.

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Chelsea’s Defensive Dilemma

Chelsea finds themselves at a crossroads with ageing stalwarts and young prospects defining their current defensive lineup. With the future of players like Thiago Silva up in the air, Chelsea’s search for defensive reinforcements is urgent. Alternatives such as Ousmane Diomande and Cobham academy product Marc Guehi remain on their radar, adding layers to their transfer strategy.


Challenging Transfer Terrain

The pursuit of Todibo underlines the challenging terrain Premier League clubs navigate in the transfer market. With Nice’s strong position and Ghisolfi’s public dismissal of a January move, Chelsea and United must tread carefully, balancing ambition with pragmatism as they look to bolster their defensive ranks.

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