Todibo joins Schalke 04 on loan for the rest of the season
Barca defender Jean-Clair Todibo has made a loan move to Bundesliga outfit Schalke 04 for the rest of the season. Schalke will pay €1.5 million for the loan deal and will also have an option to purchase Todibo for €25m (£21m/$28m) plus €5m in add-ons at the end of the season.
Barcelona will also retain an option to resign Todibo for €50m (£43m/$56m) plus €10m (£8.5m/$11m) in variables. The 20-year-old moved to the Camp Nou from Ligue 1 outfit Toulouse in January 2019 but has failed to make any notable impact. He made just 5 appearances for the Blaugrana.
Regardless, Schalke were happy to land their man who was also a subject of interest from AC Milan. Schalke coach David Wagner said in a statement:
“We said during the training camp in Spain that we would only be active in the market if something opened up that would help us,”
“That’s definitely the case for Jean-Clair Todibo, who is one of the best young central defenders in Europe.”4
Although Todibo is a recognized center-back, Wagner revealed that Schalke’s current injury crisis may see him deputizing in central midfield.
“Since Benjamin Stambouli’s recovery is taking a little longer than we had all hoped, it makes sense to bring in another central defender,” Wagner continued.
“He can also play in defensive midfield. We will all do our best to support him in the development of his clear potential.”
The Bundesliga side hope that Todibo’s inclusion in the team will help them seal a UEFA Champions League spot next season. They are currently 5th in the Bundesliga and level on points with Borussia Dortmund who are in fourth place.
Meanwhile, Todibo stated that Schalke’s hierarchy convinced him that he was joining the right club that would boost his development.
“The club’s management convinced me of their project, seeking success with young players. That’s why I chose to join Schalke,” Todibo said.