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Sir Jim Ratcliffe slaps price tag on Erik ten Hag’s prime Man United transfer target



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Manchester United are looking to sign a new centre-half in January, with Erik ten Hag eyeing up OGC Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo.

Erik ten Hag‘s second season at Manchester United has seen the club leaking too many goals, with the side leaking 36 goals in just 21 games, with plenty piling the blame on André Onana.

However, the club have also been hit with injury problems, with defensive securities Lisandro Martínez, Luke Shaw, and Casemiro being ruled unavailable for months at a time, although the latter has been on questionable form so far this season before his injury issues.

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With this in mind, Ten Hag is said to want new signings this window, with a fresh centre-back an absolute priority, and the club are opting to move for Jean-Clair Todibo as the player they want.

This is according to information from The Mirror, which further claims that Sir Jim Ratcliffe, who owns Todibo’s current club OGC Nice, has slapped a £45 million transfer fee.

The 23-year-old captain of Nice opted against a move to Old Trafford in the summer due to a lack of assurances over playing time, but with Jonny Evans injured and set to leave at the end of the season with Raphaël Varane potentially following him out the door, Todibo could play a key role.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe, of course, is set to have his 25 per cent stake in Manchester United confirmed in time, with many speculating that it could come this week.

He is set to take over all sporting control of the club, with a number of changes surrounding Ten Hag expected to take place, although the Dutchman’s job is thought to be under no immediate threat.