Liverpool reportedly finds itself in a battle with two big Premier League rivals for the signing of Nice and France center-back Jean-Clair Todibo in 2024. Spurs has now entered the race alongside the Reds and Manchester United, with Ange Postecoglou, Erik ten Hag and Jürgen Klopp all in the market for a new center-back.

According to The Evening Standard, Spurs are 'desperate' to strengthen their defense in January and has made the position their 'top priority', hence their eagerness to rival Liverpool and United for Todibo. But the interest extends beyond England, with 'some of the best clubs in Europe' also ready to compete.

A price tag of around $49m (£39m/€45m) has already been set for the 23-year-old, who spent two years at Barcelona before he left for the south of France. He's since made 114 appearances for Nice, and earned a full debut for his national team against Germany in September.

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Significantly, British businessman Sir Jim Ratcliffe, whose company, INEOS, already owns Nice, is finalizing a deal to acquire a 25 per cent stake in United from the Glazer family. As part of the $1.7bn (£1.3bn/€1.5bn) agreement, Ratcliffe is expected to gain control of the club's football operations, including recruitment, and so talk of a move for Todibo may be no coincidence (via Sky Sports). says: When Ratcliffe begins his role at United, the Red Devils will almost form part of a multi-club model given his connections to Nice. As we've seen with Manchester City and its City Football Group, for example, this can pave the way for smoother player trading, although all parties still have to operate within the rules.

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United, then, has a clear advantage, but you can see why Liverpool and the rest of Todibo's suitors won't go down without a fight. He's started 11 out of 13 games this season for a Nice side that has remarkably conceded just four goals in Ligue 1, the fewest of any team in Europe's top five leagues.

In addition to being part of a near-impenetrable defensive unit, he offers huge value in possession too, ranking in the top 10 for touches (fourth at 1,068), progressive carrying distance (fourth at 2,329 yards) and progressive passing distance (6,127 yards). All of those traits will appeal hugely to elite clubs.

Liverpool may lose the out-of-contract Joël Matip at the end of the season and needs to find a long-term replacement for the aging Virgil van Dijk to eventually slot in alongside Ibrahima Konate. However, it may be hard to convince Todibo to join this term because, according to the report, he wants to be a starting-XI player in order to maximize his chances of figuring heavily for France at the European Championships. What's more, he doesn't see any 'rush' to leave Nice, with Francesco Fariolo's side just one point behind PSG at the top of the table.