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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.

BARCELONA (January 20, 2020) —

Barcelona announced on Wednesday Jan 15 they have agreed a deal to loan defender Jean-Clair Todibo to Schalke for the rest of the 2019-20 season for a fee of €1.5 million:

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.

Contract Particulars

Schalke 04 will pay the player’s wages and the loan agreement contains an option to buy for €25 million, plus €5 million in add-ons. If Schalke 04 were to buy the player than FC Barcelona will maintain an option to buy him back for €50 million euros, plus €10 million in variables. 

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

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.”

Todibo at Barcelona

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.

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 Martinez:

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,” he said. “That’s why I chose to join Schalke 04.”

Todibo’s departure could mean new Barca manager Quique Setien 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.

So far in Gelsenkirchen, Todibo has been named to the squad but remained on the bench for Schalke’s two 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.

He played 75 minutes on Saturday, January 18, in the Bundesliga team’s 2-0 friendly win over third division team Preuben Münster.

Resumen in español

Acuerdo con el Schalke 04 para la cesión de Todibo

El FC Barcelona y el Schalke 04 han llegado a un acuerdo para la cesión del jugador Jean-Clair Todibo hasta el 30 de junio por un importe de 1,5 millones de euros.

El conjunto alemán se hace cargo de la ficha del jugador y tiene una opción de compra opcional de 25 millones de euros, más 5 millones de euros en variables. En caso de que el Schalke 04 hiciera efectiva la compra del jugador, el FC Barcelona mantendría una opción futura de compra por 50 millones de euros, más 10 millones de euros en variables.

Cabe recordar que Jean-Clair Todibo ha disputado un total de cinco partidos con la camiseta del Barça desde su llegada al Club en enero de 2019. El defensa francés debutó el 13 de abril en un Huesca-Barça de Liga. Repartidos por competiciones, Todibo ha disputado cuatro partidos en la Liga y uno en la Champions.

By Ken Russo

My work in the business of soccer applies skills acquired in law practice with the commercial, communications and team operations side of the sport. Russo Soccer aims to inform, educate and engage in dialogue on the business and sporting side of the world's game.

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