​Bayer Leverkusen are eager to strike a deal for Barcelona centre-back Jean-Clair Todibo in January.

The 19-year-old only joined Barcelona in January this year, but he has managed just four appearances at Camp Nou since and has regularly been omitted from Ernesto Valverde's matchday squad.

Jean Clair Todibo

Given his immediate future looks unclear, Kicker (via ​Mundo Deportivo) state that Leverkusen are ready to pay €10m to secure Todibo's future in January.

His release clause currently sits at €150m, but ​Barcelona would reportedly be prepared to offload Todibo for €10m in the coming transfer window. However, they will only do so if Leverkusen agree to include a buy-back clause.

The problem is that the ​Bundesliga side are not too keen on the idea. They believe in Todibo's future, so they do not want to see him return to Barcelona for cheap if he does blossom into an elite defender.


They may be looking for a long-term replacement for Jonathan Tah, who has been heavily linked with a move away from Leverkusen in the near future, which would explain why they are not happy about including a buy-back clause in any deal for Todibo.

Barcelona still feel as though Todibo has what it takes to make it at the highest level but, given he is currently struggling for game time, a move away from Camp Nou certainly seems to make sense.

While Barcelona would likely have no problem making a quick profit on Todibo, his departure may force them to enter the transfer market to find a new centre-back.

Ernesto Valverde

​Gerard Piqué and Clément Lenglet are the undisputed starting duo at Camp Nou, and they are supported by Samuel Umtiti, who has struggled greatly with injuries during his spell with the Blaugrana.

With no other senior options, 20-year-old Ronaldo Araújo has been called up from Barcelona B at times this season, so an experienced backup may be high on Valverde's wish list in the January transfer window.

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