OFFICIAL: Barca defender joins Schalke

Barcelona and Schalke 04 have reached an agreement for the loan of the player Jean-Clair Todibo until 30 June for a fee of 1.5 million euros.

The German club will pay the player’s wages and have a buy option for 25 million euros, plus 5 million in add-ons. If Schalke 04 were to buy the player than Barcelona maintain an option to buy him back for 50 million euros, plus 10 million in variables.

Jean-Clair Todibo has played five games for Barça since his arrival at the club in January 2019. The defender made his debut on 15 April last year in a league game away at Huesca and has also represented the blaugranes in the Champions League.

The 20-year-old (30th December 1999) will wear the number 21 shirt at the Royal Blues.

“We said during the training camp in Spain that we would only be active in the market if something opened up that would help us,” explained head coach David Wagner. “That’s definitely the case for Jean-Clair Todibo, who is one of the best young central defenders in Europe. Since Benjamin Stambouli’s recovery is taking a little longer than we had all hoped, it makes sense to bring in another central defender. He can also play in defensive midfield. We will all do our best to support him in the development of his clear potential. We’re looking forward to having him.”

Head of sport Jochen Schneider: “With his technical and physical ability, and his understanding of the game, Jean-Clair is a very exciting player, who at just 20 years still has plenty of potential to develop. For that reason, we’re happy that he will at least be with us for the next six months.”

After signing his contract on Wednesday evening, Jean-Clair Todibo: “The club’s management convinced me of their project, seeking success with young players. That’s why I chose to join Schalke 04.”