Despite impressing when he’s featured for Barcelona, the talented 20-year-old has been left frustrated by a lack of first-team football. Although speculation suggested he’d be joining AC Milan, the Frenchman will instead develop in Germany’s top-flight for the remainder of 2019-20 – with a €25m future fee inserted into the deal.
According to Spanish reports – courtesy of BILD – negotiations between Schalke and Barca are still ongoing. The 20-year-old is flew into Dusseldorf airport this past weekend, where he met with Schalke representative Massimo Mariotti. There, they reportedly underwent final talks as the finishing details were being completed in his loan deal.
So, what’s the hold up?
However, there has been a discrepancy between the pair on what type of deal they want to agree. David Wagner reportedly wants to sign him on-loan until this summer, while inserting an option-to-buy clause as part of his loan contract.
Understandably, that has proven a stumbling block for Barca. They rate the France under-20 international very highly and that sentiment is echoed in particular by sporting director Eric Abidal, who believes he’ll be a key player for them in future seasons.
This was precisely the problem with Milan, too. The collapse of that move was reportedly down to Todibo’s agent, as a loan accompanied by €20m clause was seemingly agreed.
However, his agent’s reluctance for him to leave permanently is the reason behind that move breaking down – suggesting the Royal Blues will only get the option for a loan extension (18 months total, an additional year) should the experience prove successful.
After all, they only prized him away from Ligue 1 side Toulouse twelve months ago after a contractual dispute saw them pay a modest fee in the region of £1m. Despite making just five appearances since then, he impressed on a memorable Champions League debut during their 2-1 away win against Inter Milan last month.
Confirmed: Finalised details of Todibo’s six-month loan confirm Schalke have inserted a €25m future fee as part of the deal, while Barca have a buyout clause of €50m plus €10m add-ons they can exercise in future, should he remain in Germany on a permanent deal.