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Man Utd choose an ex-Barcelona player to bolster their defense, but a deal could be impeded by “Newcastle rule.”

It’s also possible that a new rule that has Eddie Howe entangled would impede Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s intentions.

MANCHESTER UNITED is contemplating a transfer for Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo.

Erik ten Hag wants to strengthen his defense, therefore the Red Devils aim to add a right-sided center back in January.

 

Manchester United and Chelsea are both interested in Jean-Clair Todibo.

Todibo, a 23-year-old who earned his name at Nice, later stated he “didn’t want to make the wrong choice” despite Man Utd’s summer push to sign him from the Ligue 1 team.

Since then, the defender has been linked to Chelsea as a possible successor to the aging Thiago Silva, 39.

However, Ten Hag is eager to create competition at the back, and talks about the Frenchman making a return are taking place at Old Trafford.

Raphael Varane has dropped in the hierarchy, with Ten Hag revealing that Harry Maguire has surpassed the former Real Madrid player. Lisandro Martinez will be sidelined until Christmas.

Ratcliffe’s impending Old Trafford investment might facilitate a transaction, although it would need to be a long-term relocation.

A prohibition on loans between entities owned by the same group is something Premier League teams are trying to have passed before the January transfer market opens.

Because of the Saudi Arabian link, the rule appears to prevent Newcastle from loaning Ruben Neves from Al-Hilal to the team.

With Ratcliffe’s team only one point behind Paris Saint-Germain in the Ligue 1 standings, Todibo, who has one cap for France, has established himself as a mainstay in the Nice defense.

At Old Trafford, January planning has been challenging due to the uncertainties surrounding Ratcliffe’s £1.3 billion investment.

However, a revamp of Manchester United’s hiring procedures is expected to start as soon as the billionaire secures his 25% ownership in the team.

Attacking flops like Jadon Sancho might be sold to raise money for some much-needed purchases in January.

Due to the British businessman’s desire to avoid wasting any more money on unneeded acquisitions, Todibo may be the top choice among defensive targets due to his familiarity with the former Barcelona player.

Since joining Nice on loan from Barcelona in February 2021 and having the deal made permanent four months later, Todibo has made 114 appearances for the French team.

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