Fabrizio Romano has provided his latest update on OGC Nice’s Jean Clair Todibo.
Last week, a report from French outlet Nice-Matin claimed that Liverpool were ‘one step ahead’ of rivals Manchester United in the race for Todibo.
It is common knowledge that the Reds require center back reinforcements.
Due to Joel Matip’s chronic ACL injury, Jurgen Klopp is left with just four options.
Moreover, at 32 years old, Virgil van Dijk is not growing any younger.
It would be beneficial for a young defender to come in and learn off of the Liverpool skipper, much like Konate did after arriving in 2021.
Liverpool’s interest in Jean-Clair Todibo
Jean-Clair Todibo is an exciting prospect who has been flourishing in Ligue 1 this season.
He arrived at the French club from Barcelona in 2021 and has since grown into one of the most promising defenders in the world.
He has made 14 appearances in Ligue 1 this season, helping the French club climb to 2nd in the table [transfermarkt].
The aforementioned news outlet Nice-Matin claimed that Liverpool, under the leadership of a seasoned coach like Klopp, are “very attractive.”
The standing of Anfield in the game is also thought to be a pulling factor.
The Reds’ roster and current Premier League leadership make them very desirable.
In addition, it’s thought that Todibo and Ibrahima Konate are “very close” because they both come from the same part of Paris.
However, Fabrizio Romano has now provided a dissenting report to the one made by Nice-Matin.
What did Fabrizo Romano say about Jean-Clair Todibo?
The Italian transfer guru has played down claims that Liverpool are leading the race for the 24-year-old.
Writing for CaughtOffside, the journalist explained:
“Let me clarify once again, there are no clear favourites for the signature of Jean-Clair Todibo, and the expectation is for him to move in the summer, not now.”
“It will take time before we know who the favourite is and what kind of evolution there will be in the next months,” Romano said.
“My information remains that OGC Nice don’t want to sell Todibo in January.”
So, it seems that Liverpool are not pushing too hard for Todibo as of yet.
In truth, it has been a rather quiet transfer window for the Reds so far.
Jurgen Klopp and co. seem satisfied with the current squad – despite mounting injuries piling up.
Assistant manager Pep Lijnders recently hinted that winter business would be tough this year, saying:
“We spent a lot money in the summer,“ said the Reds assistant manager before the first leg against Fulham.
“We really invested in the squad, the ownership really brought in the right players.”
“Then we always believe in the Academy as well.”