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Maldini meets Barcelona chiefs to discuss deal for €10 m rated teenager

Paolo Maldini, AC Milan’s sporting director, wants to bring Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo to the Italian club. 

AC Milan are reportedly interested in the idea of signing Barcelona defender Jean-Clair Todibo in the January transfer window. The Rossoneri are set to enter the market for a centre-back in the January transfer window with Leo Duarte’s injury and Mattia Caldara’s likely return not coming until the New Year. Milan have reportedly set their sights on Todibo as a potential reinforcement for the upcoming window, with the 19 year old having played just twice in the league so far this season.

Newspaper ‘Gazzetta dello Sport’ confirmed Maldini’s interest in the centre-back, as had been first revealed by Diario SPORT earlier this week. Todibo, who will turn 20 this month, played in front of Milan’s scouts at the San Siro for Barça on Wednesday in their 2-1 win over Inter. According to the Italian outlet, Maldini had a meeting with Barcelona’s sporting directors Eric Abidal and Ramon Planes in Milano on Friday to discuss a possible deal to land the teenager at the San Siro in January. 

The 19 year old has a release clause of €150 m which could be reduced by over 90 percent, presenting Milan with an opportunity to negotiate a deal worth around €10 m plus various bonuses. The Blaugrana however could include a buy-back clause, with Bayer Leverkusen and Watford also interested in the defender. It remains to be seen what happens with the former Toulouse man when the transfer window opens with Barcelona keen to secure the best possible deal for the teenager.

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