Barcelona sign young defender Jean-Clair Todibo for next season

File photo of Jean-Clair Todibo. Photograph:( AFP )

WION Web Team New Delhi, Delhi, India Jan 08, 2019, 11.22 PM (IST)

Barcelona signed 19-year-old French central defender Jean-Clair Todibo of Toulouse on a free transfer at the end of this season, the La Liga leaders said on Tuesday. 

The Spanish giants said that Todibo will be out of contract with Toulouse at the end of June, which means they will not pay a transfer fee for the player when he moves to the Nou Camp on July 1.

"One of his best qualities is his physical presence and his ability in the air," said a Barcelona statement.

"The young talent comes to FC Barcelona as one of the most promising players in European football in his position."

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Todibo, who broke into Toulouse's first team at the start of this season and has made 10 starts in Ligue 1, will join up with compatriots Samuel Umtiti and Clement Lenglet, also central defenders, as well as forward Ousmane Dembele.

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Barcelona said that Todibo will be out of contract with Toulouse at the end of June, meaning they will not pay a transfer fee for the player when he moves to the Nou Camp on July 1.