He did not count for Ernesto Valverde and, from Barcelona, before the Christmas market started, they already told him that they would fulfill his desire to let him go to compete, to win minutes in the elite. It was the ambition of Jean-Clair Todibo, 20, and the technician accepted because he did not have him, because he was not going to give him minutes and because he was not bothered to go to the branch in case of emergency. Valverde, fired and relieved by Quique Setién, is gone; Todibo, for the moment, either. More than anything because Barça closed the transfer of the French central to Schalke 04 on Wednesday until the end of the season.
The German team, which has won the game to several English teams and a couple of Italians, also to the occasional Bundesliga, has saved a purchase option at the end of the course for 25 million fixed plus another five in variables. A proposal that did not convince Barcelona too much but that finally accepted because from the sports area they also intend to make cash, as required by the club accounts. Also because the player only cost him one million, precisely in the past winter market. The Barca club, in any case, included another clause in which, in the event that Schalke makes the purchase effective, it could buy it again in the future for 50 million fixed and 10 in variables.
As much as it did not convince Valverde, from Barça they understand that he is a player with a lot of future, especially because he has the physical conditions and because in a year he has assimilated a lot of tactical concepts. But the Frenchman has not got away with it. Nor is Barça in sports because Todibo has only played 325 minutes in a year (158 in the previous year; 167 in this). But it can be an economic business. It will depend on Schalke and Todibo.
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