AC Milan have opened talks with Barcelona over a deal for young defender Jean-Clair Todibo, according to a report in Italy.

Todibo started for La Blaugrana during their recent Champions League win over Inter, but has failed to nail down a starting berth in Catalonia, falling behind Clement Lenglet, Gerard Pique, Samuel Umtiti and even Ronald Araujo in the defensive pecking order.

The Frenchman only joined the Spanish giants in January this year, ending a long running contractual dispute with previous club Toulouse in Ligue 1. Since then, he has only been involved in four ​La Liga matches across the calendar year - with two of his three starts coming after the league title was secured last season.

That has prompted ​Milan to take note, with ​Gazzetta dello Sport stating that a bid worth €8m has been placed, as a loan with an option to-buy - one that includes a buy-back clause should ​Barça wish to bring the 19-year-old back to Camp Nou in the future.

Milan will need to raise their offer, however, with Gazzetta's report claiming that Ernesto Valverde's men would prefer closer to €12m before they consider sanctioning a deal for a player who has a release clause of €150m. Given the figures are relatively close, it's likely that I Rossoneri will agree to Barça's demands, despite financial problems in recent times.

Jean Clair Todibo

Barcelona's director of football Eric Abidal flew with Ramon Planes to meet Milan's technical director Paolo Maldini to take part in discussions, with the talks apparently going smoothly. Should a deal be pushed through as expected, a move over the winter window will follow without complications.

Bundesliga outfit Bayer Leverkusen were also linked with a move, but their interest has waned with the club not keen on the buy-back clause that Barcelona insisted on. If, and when, the move is completed, Todibo will be joining a side currently sitting tenth in ​Serie A after a poor start to the campaign.