July 24, 2021

A negotiated transfer, departures announced

Ninth in Ligue 1, the OGC Nice will not play in the European Cup next season. To get off on the right foot in 2021-2022, the club must find a new coach in the summer transfer window. A priority file already under negotiation.

Mercato: OGC Nice negotiates the transfer of Todibo

OGC Nice finished in the Top 10 of Ligue 1, but above all deprived OL of the Champions League on the last day of the championship. However, the British billionaire’s club Jim Ratcliffe did not meet its objectives. For next season, it will be necessary to strengthen the team to claim a place in the Top 5, synonymous with participation in the next Champions League.

The team understands that the Gym is negotiating the final transfer of Jean-Clair Todibo. The latter was loaned by FC Barcelona to the Riviera club in July 2020, for one season, with option to purchase.

The defender is listed at € 12m, but Barça “agrees to sell him for € 8.5m, plus bonuses” according to the source. The 21-year-old central defender has played 17 games in the Aiglons jersey. Unwanted at Barça, he was loaned to Benfica Lisbon at the start of the season (October 5, 2020), then to OGC Nice on February 1, 2021. Recruited at Toulouse FC in January 2019 for one million euros, Jean-Clair Todibo is linked with the Catalan club until June 2023.

Departures announced in the pipes

Unlike Jean-Clair Todibo (21), William Saliba (20) should not be retained. Loaned to Nice by Arsenal in early January 2021, the rear trained at ASSE does not have a purchase option in his contract. As a result, he should return to London where his contract will not end until June 2024. Saliba will replace David Luiz who is coming to the end of his contract.

The sports daily confirms the trend while announcing the departure of another loaned player, Rony Lopes. The Portuguese winger did not meet the expectations of the Nice. He will therefore return home to Sevilla FC.

Disappointing young players would also be pushed to the exit door. According to the sports daily, OGC Nice “would also like to separate from Stanley Nsoki (22 years), Myziane Maolida (22 years) or Andy Pelmard (21 years)”. Linked to the Gym until June 2023, Pierre Lees-Melou could be transferred, after 4 consecutive seasons at the club. He “is also up for it”, said the newspaper, while specifying that “the Aiglons hope to recover nearly € 5 million for his transfer”. The market value of the 28-year-old midfielder is however € 7m.