Milan have a general deal with Barça to sign Todibo on a paid loan with option, the Frenchman has still not said ‘yes’

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Jean Clair Todibo before Eibar- Barcelona at Ipurua Municipal Stadium on October 19, 2019. (Photo by Juan Manuel Serrano Arce/Getty Images)

Jean-Clair Todibo is getting closer to Milan, as the two clubs have reached an agreement for 20m, but teams in the Bundesliga are trying to convince him.

After signing Zlatan Ibrahimović, Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban have changed their focus to Jean-Clair Todibo.

The Rossoneri want to strengthen the defense of Stefano Pioli and have identified the 19-year-old, who’s played just five games for Barcelona since joining them last January, as their top target.

As reported this evening by Antonio Vitiello of Milannews.it, there is now a broad agreement between Milan and Barça for Todibo: a paid loan with an option to buy for buy for €20 million. There will be no buy-back clause. However, what needs to be sorted now is the will of the player.

MN suggests that Todibo has several teams interested in him and he has still not made up his mind. German teams in particular are pushing to get the Frenchman’s signature. Pietro Balzano Prota claims it’s Bayer Leverkusen while Alessandro Jacobone of NonEvoluto adds the name of RB Leipzig. The two are offering more money to Todibo and to his agent (€0.5m more in net salary).

It remains now to be seen what Todibo will want. In the summer, the Rossoneri were close to signing Ozan Kabak from Stuttgart but in the end he chose to join Schalke over Milan.

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If Milan sign Todibo I am guessing that we will play with a back 3 with Romagnoli to the left Caldara in the Center and Todibo on the right.

————-Todibo—-Caldara—Romagnoli————-

Which means Hernandez and Conti will be used as wingbacks.

3412 or 352 formation seems like the most practical.

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You’re spot on Nick. I believe playing three at the back will solidify a porous defence and in turn improve Milan going forward. Conti’s quality will show if he plays in his natural wing position. We all got to admire Conti in Gasperini’s 352 at Atalanta. We also need a coach that knows his best formation and tries to build a team based on that. Unlike Giampaolo who gave up on his formation after losing the first game of the season.

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Agreed Zee. I’m amazed that we sign players like Conti who played his best in a 352 formation only to use him in a 433 system and then wonder why he is underperforming at Milan. Same thing with Piatek who plays his best in a two striker formation but at Milan we expect him to play as a lone striker. Every player that comes to Milan over the past 3 seasons seems to play their worst because of our tactics and formation. Caldara is use to playing in a back 3 but yet we play a back 4. I just… Read more »

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I agree with everything you said there Nicky. Milan need to play with 3 at the back. That is the only way we can get the best out of Conti and Caldara. Conti’s pace is electric if we revert him back to being a winger. Caldara will play in the middle of the back 3 setup. I just hope this is why we are pursuing Todibo. I mean we already have Theo and Conti who can cause havoc on the wings. Why not take advantage of that? Lastly, I believe if Milan continues to compromise and rely on mediocre talents… Read more »

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Even when piatek gets chances he still misses
If u call kessie average
So is piatek

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This will be epic if they can switch to 3-5-2 or 3-4-2-1 or 3-4-3 any variation with 3 center backs. This will unleash both Theo and Conti. We won’t be suspect to Conti’s defending. All is now needed is a dependable regista, someone close to Andrea Pirlo (even 30% of him) will solve the puzzle. I still believe we can get a good run in our remaining games.

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@tc100… TOTALLY AGREE. I really hope Pioli has the courage to switch to a back 3. It would definitely work. I believe in our players like Theo Hernandez, Conti, Caldara, Bennacer and Piatek. I just don’t believe that we are using them in the right formation.

Napoli is on the verge of signing Lobotka from Celta Vigo and I hope that means we can get Allan from Napoli who is on his way out.

Not exactly Pirlo type but he is really good defensively and also offers a lot in attacking play.

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@nick Lobotka is good but I think we can do better. Bennacer will be explosive as the left sided midfielder. Look we have talent in abundance, all we needed a leader which hopefully we’ll get in the form of Ibra. The next 2-3 games are crucial. Anything less than win, the doom will set in. I hope Pioli has the balls to go 3 at the back and bench Musachio, Argentine defenders are not good to play at Serie A, remember we had Ayala who flopped with us but shined with Valencia in late 90s and early 90s. Never ever… Read more »

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“Argentine defenders are not good to play at Serie A, remember we had Ayala who flopped with us” actually ayala won milan the scudetto. milan defense looked porous because 3–4-3 was/is much too offensive (see how fragile dortmund defense is now) and also because costacurta was getting slow as hard no-nonsense cb and n’gotty just aint desailly 2.0 while ayala and maldini were similar, kinda like musa and romag are now. after zach switched to 3-4-1-2 with ambro as dm (and boban as 3/4ista supporting 2 st, a vintage milan like i always said), milan looked much better and solid.… Read more »

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what makes you assume that? Why does signing todibo MEANS that Milan will play with 3 defenders?

Playing with 5 defenders is kinda the opposite of what Milan represents.

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like i said during morontella’s reign (the good ‘ole times when my mate kourosh could still get it up watching morontella’s milan with kessie the rijkaard 2.0 won vs bayern……..in friendly match), conti, kessie, classic #9 like cutrone and piatek, hell even suso as am/ss would perform much better in 3-5-2 formation. why? simply because they would play in their natural positions, thus allow them to express themselves in the best way. hell, i used to admire morontella’s fiorentina and their attacking 3-5-2 with players like cuadrado, joaquin, rossi, gomez etc. do i think milan will perform better with 3-5-2?… Read more »

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“There will be no buy-back clause” now we’re talking
“In the summer, the Rossoneri were close to signing Ozan Kabak from Stuttgart but in the end he chose to join Schalke over Milan.” now that’s aggravating

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I still do not understand why are not we getting rid of Suso instead of Pjantek or Paqueta!! Under no circumstances we should let Paqueta go even for 50M. He needs to be the icon of Milan. Get rid of slow Suso, unfortunately no one wants him now.

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like i said, suso is fantasista, and fantasista will be much more dangerous playing in the middle as am/ss. the last time milan won scudetto, no scratch that, SCUDETTI, they had bunch of fantasisti passing the ball to each other creating enormous chances. get rid of no good sob like borivaldo and antonio donnarumma, strip hakan off his #10 (im sick of watching garbage wearing coveted milan #10) but dont sell suso

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suso, hakan, kessie, biglia must out… its enough 3 season they played in milan… we never get throphy as long as they still in milan.. only stupid coach and dumb management still playing them in milan

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if kessie AND biglia leave (which biglia will) then milan wouldnt have dm. not even madrid galacticos could survive that, c’mon. unbalanced squad is recipe for disaster. suso, like i said when talking about how moronic morontella was to stubbornly keep using 4-3-3, is slow. but he has presence because his shots and passing/assists are deadly. the numbers dont lie, he’s been milan top assistman. u know who else were slow? del piero and cassano, but their respective coaches knew that by playing them in the middle and closer to goal they could shot more. more shots = more goals.… Read more »

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why we dont make experience and try some prospect players from primavera… we must try something out the box like theo and leao replaced hakan and suso… let RR become DL or put some primavera as DM.. do you remember abiatti first performace?? its happen because rossi injured.. its gambling situation but we got scudetto… i know this year is done, but if we try at least we already prepare some young players for serie A. i’m still dont accept about these situation, we all know we have same problem for 3 years and why these 3 dumbs coach still… Read more »

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352 sounds good with this new signing, but however without good midfielders that can provide coverage for the defense I dont see any major improvements. Simple as that. Everytime suso plays , we are playing with 9 1/2 players. Cahl is 1/2 player. Kessie is more interested in going forward than to help the defense. In both of them he is just too poor.