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Barcelona Miss Out On Significant Windfall After Nice’s French Defender Transfer Fell Through

Jean Clair Todibo

Written by Olaleye Oluwadamilola

Barcelona finally gets some breathing room under La Liga’s financial regulations, but their transfer plans still face a hurdle: raising funds. While they haven’t been forced to sell key players yet, manager Hansi Flick and sporting director Deco need cash to pursue their targets.

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A recent €9 million windfall from Chadi Riad’s transfer to Crystal Palace offered a glimmer of hope. Additionally, another sell-on clause, potentially worth €8 million for Jean-Clair Todibo, seemed close to activation. However, that deal with Manchester United has fallen through.

UEFA blocked the Todibo transfer. Why? Because Manchester United and Nice, Todibo’s current club, share the same ownership group, INEOS. UEFA regulations prevent clubs with common ownership from facing each other in European competitions (like next season’s Europa League, where both United and Nice are participating).


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This ruling throws a wrench in Barcelona’s plans, as the €8 million from Todibo’s sale would have been a significant boost. Unfortunately, for now, Todibo remains at Nice, leaving Barcelona with a funding gap to bridge.

Meanwhile…

Atlético Madrid is shaping up to be a team to watch closely when the Spanish transfer window opens on July 1st. With confirmed departures for Memphis Depay and Gabriel Paulista, and likely exits for Mario Hermoso and Stefan Savić, significant signings are expected at the Civitas Metropolitano.

The defensive line appears to be a priority for manager Diego Simeone. A deal for Real Sociedad’s Robin Le Normand is reportedly nearing completion, with the Spanish defender himself keen on joining the Colchoneros.

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Le Normand wouldn’t be the only new face in the backline. David Hancko, a potential replacement for Hermoso, is also heavily linked to a move to Atlético. Having been impressed by Atleti during their Champions League clashes with Feyenoord last season, Hancko seems to prefer a switch to Madrid over a reunion with his former manager Arne Slot at Liverpool.

Another player reportedly eager to join Atlético Madrid is midfielder Mikel Merino. With his contract at Real Sociedad expiring next summer, La Real appears resigned to losing him for a reduced fee. Despite recent links with Barcelona, reports suggest Merino prioritizes a move to the Civitas Metropolitano. These potential signings suggest a proactive transfer window for Atlético Madrid as they look to strengthen their squad for the upcoming season.

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