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Football news - Barcelona sign young defender Jean-Clair Todibo for next season

Barca sign young defender Todibo for next season
By Eurosport

08/01/2019 at 13:56Updated 08/01/2019 at 14:59

Barcelona will capture 19-year-old French central defender Jean-Clair Todibo of Toulouse on a free transfer at the end of this season, the La Liga leaders said on Tuesday.

The Catalan club added that Todibo will be out of contract with Toulouse at the end of June, meaning they will not pay a transfer fee for the player when he moves to the Nou Camp on July 1.

Todibo, who broke into Toulouse's first team at the start of this season and has made 10 starts in Ligue 1, will join up with compatriots Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet, also central defenders, as well as forward Ousmane Dembele.

"Todibo is a tall, right-footed defender who can play at centre back and also in the centre of the midfield," said Barcelona on their website.

"At the youth level he often featured in the middle of the field given his ability on the ball.

"One of his best qualities is his physical presence and his ability in the air. At just 19 years of age, the young talent comes to FC Barcelona as one of the most promising players in European Football in his position."