“Really Sought After”- Chris Wheatley Confirms Arsenal Could Hijack United’s Move For £40M Rated Defender

Arsenal are interested in signing Nice centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo, according to LondonWorld reporter Chris Wheatley.

Speaking on the Chris Wheatley Show, the journalist revealed that the Gunners could compete with Manchester United for the 24-year-old’s signature this summer.

“A name that was mentioned to me a few weeks ago was Jean-Clair Todibo from Nice. He’s again really sought after. Man United have been the main names, kind of the main name linked with him but, interestingly, I heard he was above other players in Arsenal’s shortlist.”

Todibo is expected to be sold by Nice if they receive an offer of around £40m but it remains to be seen whether Mikel Arteta’s side will make a formal offer for the defender.

Arsenal are not favourites to sign the player

With Nice being owned by INEOS, it looks likely that Manchester United would have first option on Todibo, with Sir Jim Ratcliffe also being a minority shareholder at Old Trafford.

Of course, a lot will depend on who the Red Devils prioritise as their top centre-half target. They are also keen on Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite and Juventus’s Gleison Bremer.

If Todibo does not get his move to United, it would leave the door open for Arsenal to swoop in and secure his services.

What has Todibo said about his future?

Speaking in an interview last month, the France international stopped short of saying that he wants to leave Nice but he did confirm he has held talks with the Ligue One side about his future:

“Honestly I don’t want to talk about [my future] because of my respect for the fans here and the club also, but we had a little discussion, for sure… My ambition is to play in the best competitions in the world and try to be the best version of me. Try to be the best defender, for sure, that I can be.”

Find out more about Arsenal’s transfer plans by watching the full episode of the Chris Wheatley Show on Shots! here

David Tully

David Tully

David has worked as a football reporter for the last fifteen years. Having started as an intern at Snack Media, he then went on to become a freelancer, working on various different sites. At the start of 2023, he took up his current role as content writer for National World's Football News Network.