Chelsea’s interest in French defender confirmed by journalist

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Chelsea Football Club has shown a keen interest in acquiring Jean-Clair Todibo from Nice, as confirmed by transfer expert Fabrizio Romano to GIVEMESPORT. However, Chelsea’s head coach, Mauricio Pochettino, is set to face tough competition from a Premier League rival if the club delays their bid until the summer transfer window.

Since the £4.25 billion takeover led by Todd Boehly in May 2022, Chelsea has been active in the transfer market, despite struggling to secure a spot in European competitions following an underwhelming season performance. The club recently recalled David Datro Fofana from a loan spell at Union Berlin, and Pochettino is looking to strengthen the squad before the transfer deadline on February 1st.

Chelsea’s interest in Todibo, a central defender at Nice, has been widely reported. However, Nice’s reluctance to sell the player, who has been instrumental in their challenge for the Ligue 1 title, poses a significant obstacle. Todibo has made 14 appearances this season, attracting attention from other top clubs including Newcastle United and Manchester United, thanks to his impressive performances.

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According to WhoScored, Todibo’s statistical averages this season in Ligue 1 include a match rating of 7.03, with 3.2 clearances, 1.9 tackles, 1.3 interceptions, and 0.6 blocks per game. Despite these impressive stats, transfer insider Dean Jones has indicated that any bid for Todibo during the winter window is unlikely to be successful, given Nice’s firm stance.

Chelsea’s pursuit of Todibo has been further complicated by Manchester United, who have marked him as a top target. Nice has reportedly set a price of close to £52 million for Todibo, reflecting their intention to fend off interest from potential suitors. The French club is in a strong negotiating position, as Todibo still has over three years remaining on his contract.

While Tottenham Hotspur has withdrawn from the race for Todibo after acquiring Radu Dragusin, Chelsea’s London rivals are no longer a concern in this pursuit. However, the competition remains stiff, especially with Manchester United’s interest.

Romano has noted that Chelsea has been monitoring Todibo’s performances closely, sending scouts to assess the player, who is known for his exceptional acceleration. Yet, Chelsea has not initiated formal negotiations with Nice or the player’s representatives. This cautious approach might leave the door open for other clubs, including Manchester United, to step in at the end of the season.

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