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Barcelona wonderkid Todibo loaned to Schalke 04 for €1.5M Fee

Loaned to Schalke 04 from Barcelona for remainder of 2019-20 season.
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BARCELONA — (20 January 2020) The loan of Jean-Clair Todibo to Schalke 04 is now official. The French central defender will be on loan to the Gelsenkirchen club until June 30, 2020, with an option to purchase for 25 million euros, and another five million euros in variables, according to what we have learned by way of a communiqué from the Barcelona entity.

Disponible en español: Todibo, cedido al Schalke 04

Barcelona announced that they have agreed a deal to loan defender Jean-Clair Todibo to Schalke for the rest of the 2019-20 season with Schalke 04 paying a fee of €1.5 million to complete the deal:

The 20-year-old arrived at the Camp Nou in January 2019 on a free transfer from Toulouse but has only managed five first-team appearances for the club across two seasons.

This season, 2019-20, the young Frenchman has managed three appearances for Barca. Despite the limited number of minutes on the pitch, Todibo received good marks for his performance against Inter Milan in the UEFA Champions League. He played all 90 minutes of Barça’s 2-1 win at the San Siro and was praised for his handling of Nerazzurri striker Lautaro Martínez.

One of the best young central defenders in Europe.”

Contract Particulars

Schalke 04 will pay the player’s wages and the loan agreement contains an option for the Bundesliga side to buy the Frenchman for €25 million, plus €5 million in add-ons (“variables”). If Schalke 04 were to buy the player, FC Barcelona would have a contractual right to buy him back for €50 million euros, plus €10 million in variables. 

The buyback clause was one of the disagreements that had been holding the loan deal up, according to sources. Barcelona’s buy-back means that Todibo can grow and play minutes in the Bundesliga.

Manager David Wagner explained why they had moved to bring in the youngster, per the club’s official website:

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. Since Benjamin Stambouli’s recovery is taking a little longer than we had all hoped, it makes sense to bring in another central defender.

He can also play in defensive midfield. We will all do our best to support him in the development of his clear potential. We’re looking forward to having him.”

Schalke have confirmed Todibo will wear the No. 21 shirt at the Bundesliga club.

Todibo: Limited minutes at Barça

After being signed in January 2019, Todibo had to wait until April 2019 to make his debut for Barcelona, starting in a 0-0 draw at Huesca in La Liga. His only other appearance in 2018-19 was in a 2-0 defeat to Celta Vigo in May.

The biggest reason why Todibo had such limited time is that the 20-year-old was behind Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti at central defender in the Blaugrana roster. He needs more playing time and against a higher level of competition, and thus is hoping he can secure more game time at Schalke.

Todibo missed Barcelona’s first three games of this season with a leg injury. Thereafter, Ernesto Valverde left him on the bench. He played four minutes in a 2-0 away win at Getafe and 73 minutes in the 4-0 win over Sevilla in matchday 8 on October 6, 2019. He then was not named to the squad for all of the remaining fall matches, save for the full game played against Inter Milan.

Todibo offered his thoughts after sealing a switch to the Bundesliga side, who are currently in fifth place in the table.

“The club’s management convinced me of their project, seeking success with young players. “That’s why I chose to join Schalke 04.”

Todibo’s departure could mean new Barca manager Quique Setién opts to promote Ronald Araujo to the first-team squad from Barcelona B. The Uruguayan made his Barcelona debut in October’s 4-0 win over Sevilla. He replaced Todibo after 73 minutes but was then sent off in the closing stages for bringing down Javier “Chicharito” Hernandez.

Todibo has already seen action for Gelsenkirchen. He played 75 minutes on Saturday, January 18, in the Bundesliga team’s 2-0 friendly win over third division team Preuben Münster.

Update: 28 January 2020:

So far in Gelsenkirchen, Todibo has been named to the squad but remained on the bench for Schalke’s two league games played so far in January: both wins, 2-0 at home to Borussia Mönchengladbach and a shocking 5-0 away win at Bayern München.


Resumeixen en català

Acord amb el Schalke 04 per a la cessió de Todibo

El FC Barcelona i el Schalke 04 han arribat a un acord per a la cessió de l’jugador Jean-Clair Todibo fins al 30 de juny per un import de 1,5 milions d’euros.

El conjunt alemany es fa càrrec de la fitxa d’el jugador i té una opció de compra opcional de 25 milions d’euros, més 5 milions d’euros en variables. En cas que el Schalke 04 fes efectiva la compra de l’jugador, el FC Barcelona mantindria una opció futura de compra per 50 milions d’euros, més 10 milions d’euros en variables.

Cal recordar que Jean-Clair Todibo ha disputat un total de cinc partits amb la samarreta de l’Barça des que va arribar al Club al gener de 2019. El defensa francès va debutar el 13 d’abril en un Huesca-Barça de Lliga. Repartits per competicions, Todibo ha disputat quatre partits a la Lliga i un a la Champions.

By Ken Russo

My work in the business of soccer applies skills acquired in law practice with a focus on the sport's commercial, communications and sporting components. Russo Soccer aims to inform, educate and engage in dialogue on news and relevant issues in the game.

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