REPORT: Liverpool ‘one step ahead’ of Manchester United in race to sign Ligue 1 defender

Ligue 1 is full of upcoming young talent, and it seems both English giants are exploring a potential deal for a French defender.

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Liverpool’s next defender could be coming from Ligue 1 as Liverpool continue to assess defensive options.

It is well-established that the Reds need reinforcements in the centre-back position.

Joel Matip’s long-term ACL injury means that Jurgen Klopp only has four options to choose from.

Furthermore, Virgil van Dijk is not getting younger at 32, and another youngster to learn off the Liverpool skipper would not be a bad idea.

Liverpool could raid Ligue 1

French outlet Nice Matin report that Liverpool are ‘one step ahead’ of Manchester United regarding the possible signing of Jean Clair-Todibo.

Todibo has made great strides at OGC Nice after leaving Barcelona in the summer of 2021.

He has made 14 appearances in Ligue 1 this season, helping the French club climb to 2nd in the table.

The report goes on to claim that Liverpool are ‘very attractive’ with an established coach like Klopp.

Anfield is also believed to be a pull due to its iconic standing in the game, while the squad and the current status as Premier League leaders make the Reds very appealing.

Furthermore, it is believed that Todibo is ‘very close’ to Ibrahima Konate, as they hail from the same region in Paris.

Jean Clair-Todibo should choose Liverpool

It would seem a no brainer, from a sporting point of view, to join the Reds

As previously mentioned, the Reds are top of the table and are still going strong in all cup competions.

On the other hand, Manchester United finished last in their Champions League group and have struggled for consistency in the league.

Anfield represents a more consistent and stable environment.

The Red Devils are currently going through a period of change and upheavel in regard to their ownership model.

Nonetheless, it remains to be seen whether either club will act on their long-standing interest in the 24-year-old.

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