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Ligue 1 star confirms talks over Man Utd move

Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw

Jean-Clair Tobido has admitted he has held transfer talks with Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur.

The Nice centre-back has impressed in Ligue 1 over the last few seasons, becoming one of the most complete and sought-after defenders in Europe, with several teams from the Premier League linked with a move for him.

In an interview with The Telegraph, Tobido revealed his plans for the future, confirming that talks had been held with two English sides in particular.

When asked about conversations with United and Spurs, Tobido said: “Honestly, I don’t want to talk about [my future] because of my respect for the fans here and the club also. But we had a little discussion, for sure.

Harry Maguire, Luke Shaw

Tobido may be a good option in United’s defence / Matthew Ashton – AMA/GettyImages

“I was 18 when I went to Barcelona. Now I am 24, I am married, I have two kids. My mind is different. I am a national team player. I have to think a little bit more. The life that I want to have means I’m much more thoughtful about what I do.

“My ambition is to play in the best competitions in the world and try to be the best version of me. Try to be the best defender, for sure, that I can be.”

Tobido, who was previously offered a trial at United, may represent the perfect option for the Old Trafford side, considering their issues in defence during the 2023/24 season. Nice are, like United, run by Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS.

Speaking on his trial, during a time in which Marcus Rashford made his breakthrough for the Red Devils, Tobido said: “It was a good experience. I discovered a little bit what the professional world was like.”


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