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Tottenham to face Manchester United challenge in race to sign Ligue 1 centre-back

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Manchester United enter the fray alongside Tottenham to sign Jean-Clair Todibo

As the January transfer window looms, Manchester United alongside Tottenham are eyeing a move for Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo to bolster their shaky defence. The Red Devils have struggled defensively this season, conceding a significant number of goals in both the Premier League and the Champions League.

In the Premier League, United have shipped 17 goals in 14 matches, highlighting a vulnerability in their backline. The defensive frailty was on display in a recent 1-0 defeat to Newcastle, where the Magpies could have capitalized on United’s defensive lapses.

Harry Maguire has solidified his place as the first-choice centre-back, while Raphael Varane finds himself on the fringes. With concerns over the defensive unit, United is considering reinforcements, and Todibo has emerged as a target for the January transfer window.

Manchester United enter the fray alongside Tottenham to sign Jean-Clair Todibo.
Manchester United want to sign Tottenham target Jean-Clair Todibo.

That is according to Metro. However, Tottenham facing their own defensive challenges, have also been linked with Todibo. The North London club currently has only three recognized centre-backs in their squad, and the recent injury to Micky van de Ven has heightened their need for defensive reinforcements.

A decision to make For Todibo

United’s interest in Todibo could set up a potential transfer battle with Tottenham. Nice is reportedly seeking around £45m for the French defender, making him a sought-after prospect in the upcoming transfer window.

For Tottenham, the pursuit of Todibo certainly makes sense given their defensive concerns. The long-term futures of Eric Dier and Ben Davies are uncertain, and the absence of Micky van de Ven and Ashley Phillips due to injury further amplifies the need for defensive reinforcements. Todibo’s experience and leadership as the captain of Nice on a few occasions could bring stability to Tottenham’s backline.

Manchester United enter the fray alongside Tottenham to sign Jean-Clair Todibo.
Manchester United enter the fray alongside Tottenham to sign Jean-Clair Todibo.

As both Manchester United and Tottenham look to address their defensive vulnerabilities, the battle for Todibo’s signature adds an intriguing subplot to the January transfer window.

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For Spurs, securing a solid defensive option like Todibo would not only address immediate concerns but also contribute to the long-term stability of their backline, providing depth and competition in a crucial area of the pitch.

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