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OFFICIAL: Jean-Clair Todibo leaves Barcelona for Benfica loan

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The deal includes a purchase option

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Barcelona have confirmed that French center-back Clair Todibo is off to Benfica on loan for the next two seasons.

The Catalan giants have been trying to sell Todibo throughout the summer but have finally had to accept a loan deal with a purchase option.

Here are the details:

FC Barcelona and Benfica have reached an agreement for the loan of Jean-Clair Todibo for the next two seasons. The Portuguese club will take responsibility for the player’s contract and pay FC Barcelona 2 million euros with the option of purchasing the player for 20 million euros.”

Source | FC Barcelona

Barca have been trying to get a deal for Eric Garcia over the line on deadline day, but as it stands it looks as though the defender will stay at Manchester City for now. He is into the final year of his contract though which means he’ll be a free agent next summer.

Todibo’s departure means Barca’s center-back options now look to be Gerard Pique, Clement Lenglet, Ronald Araujo and Samuel Umtiti for 2020-21, although Barca B’s Santiago Ramos Mingo also appear to have caught Ronald Koeman’s eye.