‘I’m told’ —Fabrizio Romano claims Chelsea have scouted £52m player

The defender Jean-Clair Todibo of Nice appears to be a player that Chelsea is currently keeping a close eye on.

GiveMeSport was recently informed by Fabrizio Romano that Chelsea had been scouting Jean-Clair Todibo.

The transfer analyst claims that the Blues have not yet begun talks with Nice or the player’s representatives.

Journalist Ben Jacobs stated at the beginning of the month that a club would need to spend about €60 million (£52 million) to get the centre back.

Todibo is clearly highly valued by Nice, but according to talkSPORT writer Alex Crook, Chelsea may be able to sign him during this transfer window.

A scout for Jean-Clair Todibo is from Chelsea.

Todibo has been pursued by Chelsea, but according to Romano, the Blues have not yet started negotiations to sign him.

The Italian journalist commented on the 24-year-old, saying: “From what I’ve been told, Chelsea has been involved in some scouting activity, but they didn’t start any negotiations with Nice or the player’s camp.”

“They are aware that it’s unlikely the player will be traded during the January transfer window. As stated in the media, Nice would only sell Todibo for a significant sum of money—not €35 million or €40 million.

Jean-Clair Todibo is more likely to sign with Chelsea in the summer.

Chelsea’s window of opportunity to sign Todibo is closing. The transfer window is about to close, and Nice will be quite hesitant to let the Frenchman go. The Ligue 1 team will find it extremely challenging to find a successor in such a short amount of time.

The season’s finish will also mark the expiration of Thiago Silva’s contract. Chelsea might feel more motivated to go for Todibo if that is not renewed.

But, the Brazilian is still with the team, along with players like Benoit Badiashile and Axel Disasi, so maybe the Blues don’t need to spend a lot of money this month signing a new center-half like Todibo.

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