In January, Erik ten Hag has urged Manchester United to focus on securing the services of a new defender, as revealed by a reliable journalist.
Erik ten Hag Eyes Centre-Back Signing
Manchester United’s performance in the current campaign has been a rollercoaster, with nine victories, one draw, and seven losses in their first 17 games, placing them in the seventh spot in the Premier League.
With 21 goals conceded since the season’s start, Ten Hag recognizes the pressing need to shore up the defensive line.
In light of this, the manager is actively seeking to bolster his backline by acquiring a new center-back during the upcoming transfer window.
Earlier reports from The Daily Mail highlighted a shortlist of four potential targets, including Nice’s Jean-Clair Todibo, Everton’s Jarrad Branthwaite, Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba, and Atalanta’s Giorgio Scalvini.
However, Todibo has emerged as the prime candidate, particularly due to his recent standout performances.
The 23-year-old French international, hailed as Francesco Farioli’s top-performing player this season with a match rating of 7.03 (WhoScored – Nice statistics), has captured the attention of Old Trafford’s hierarchy, especially the manager himself.
Man United’s Top Target: Todibo
Rudy Galetti, sharing insights on X, disclosed Man United’s keen interest in Todibo, confirming that Ten Hag personally advocated for his signing in January.
“Ten Hag – as already reported – is currently not at risk and is planning, aligned with Man Utd, possible transfer moves to strengthen the squad already in January.
In particular, the manager asked for a new CB: Jean-Clair Todibo is at the top of the list.”
Todibo, standing at 6 feet 2 inches, brings a commanding physical presence to the heart of the defense, evident in his average of 3.2 clearances and 1.9 tackles per game in Ligue 1 this season (WhoScored – Todibo statistics).
His calm and composed possession play is reflected in a remarkable 90.7% pass success rate, showcasing his ability to control the game.
Sponsored by Adidas, Todibo has also made significant contributions in the attacking third, notching three goals and two assists since entering the professional scene (Transfermarkt – Todibo statistics).
Described as “solid as a rock” by football talent scout Jacek Kulig, Todibo is a highly sought-after talent.
With Tottenham Hotspur entering talks for his signature, Manchester United’s hierarchy is aware of the urgency to act swiftly if they aim to secure Todibo in January.