Everton ‘favourites to sign Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo’ as Carlo Ancelotti closes in on latest arrival in a busy summer at Goodison Park
- Everton could be set to land Jean-Clair Todibo on loan from Barcelona
- The 20-year-old has struggled to break into the first-team since 2019 move
- Toffees still looking to strengthen back line despite five-game winning run
The Toffees have so far won all three of their Premier League matches following an exciting summer in the transfer market which has seen the likes of James Rodriguez and Allan arrive and instantly settle into the first-team.
But manager Carlo Ancelotti is still hoping to land a defender before the transfer window closes next Monday and according to Le10Sport, he is homing in on Todibo.
Everton have emerged as favourites to sign Jean-Clair Todibo from Barcelona on loan
The French defender has struggled to break into the first team during his time at the Nou Camp
The report claims Everton are favourites to land the 20-year-old on loan who spent the first half of this year on loan at Schalke in Germany.
As a France Under 20 international, the defender secured a dream move to the Nou Camp from Toulouse fewer than six months into his senior career back in January 2019.
However he has played just four LaLiga games for the club since, having failed to make an impact in the first team.
New manager Ronald Koeman did not select him as part of the squad to face Villarreal on Sunday and the tall centre-back was not even part of the Dutchman’s plans during pre-season, indicating he is free to leave the club.
Todibo (right) does not appear to be in Ronald Koeman’s plans at Barcelona this term
The France Under 20 international (right) spent the first half of the year on loan at Schalke
Everton manager Carlo Ancelotti is keen to bolster his side’s defence after a positive start
Everton have previously purchased Yerry Mina, Lucas Digne and Andre Gomes from Barca and hope the good relationship between the teams can help make negotiations smooth in regards to a deal for Todibo.
The defence remains a problem area of the pitch for Ancelotti, whose side have won all five games they have played so far this term, yet they have conceded five goals in their previous three outings.
Having not won a trophy since the 1995 FA Cup, the Toffees have a chance to book a place in the quarter-finals of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday night when they take on West Ham United at Goodison Park.