The 20-year-old emerged as a potential target for the Blues earlier this year when they came very close to signing Gabriel before the latter ended up at Arsenal.
Speculation on Todibo went quiet, especially when Everton shifted their attention to Fikayo Tomori but with interest in the Chelsea man waning as his place at Stamford Bridge looks more assured, Todibo is back under consideration.
Paul Joyce of The Times says the Frenchman is on Marcel Brands's shortlist but there are suggestions elsewhere that the fee being quoted by Barcelona is too high.
Ideally, Everton are looking at loan options and have also been linked with Jérôme Onguene of Salzburg by Telefoot.
Update Further reporting in The Independent claims that the sticking point with Barça over Todibo is that the Catalan club want the guarantee of a purchase at the end of the loan at a fee of around €18m which Everton aren't currently keen on agreeing to.
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1 Posted 23/09/2020 at 19:34:11
2 Posted 23/09/2020 at 19:42:32
3 Posted 23/09/2020 at 20:06:24
Loan with option to buy would be good.
4 Posted 23/09/2020 at 21:41:21
5 Posted 23/09/2020 at 22:22:49
6 Posted 23/09/2020 at 23:24:31
As has been mentioned, I hope it turns out to be a loan with a pre-agreed price if it turns out he's better than he first appeared.
7 Posted 24/09/2020 at 08:01:26
8 Posted 24/09/2020 at 08:44:50
As you say, he's certainly skilful and has good physical attributes. If he had the maturity / defensive grit already, he wouldn't be available. But we have Ancelotti to help iron out those wrinkles... so I hope we get him!
9 Posted 24/09/2020 at 08:50:47
Tobido couldn't even get into a poor Schalke side in the 4 games I watched live after the restart. Gibson would have been cheaper and already acclimatised to us and his teammates.
10 Posted 24/09/2020 at 08:58:13
Would Todibo give us strength in depth, or will we be introducing a weak link to the defence? He will be targeted and well tested when he is included. At 20, Todibo has is work cut out to be a success in the Premier League, is he that good?
Carlo will have to make the call.
11 Posted 24/09/2020 at 09:24:20
I don't think too many would be concerned about Nkounkou stepping up. More pace at centre-back would be welcome; however, the way Ancelotti wants to play, I don't think it's a must as it seemed not too long ago.
I only want to see new faces if they are going to improve the team, coming straight in being that good or improving other players putting pressure on their places.
12 Posted 24/09/2020 at 10:10:49
At the same time, at 20, he is already somewhat of a journeyman and I feel buying fringe players from Barcelona is a bit lazy. So mixed feelings but overall, I'd like to see him in Blue. I am curious what it would mean to Mina though.
13 Posted 24/09/2020 at 10:12:34
Or have we all decided that:
a. If it wasn't for Kenny, this would have been an "abysmal Schalke side";
b. Kenny is not going to take us to the next level and neither will Todibo;
c. Both of them are just cover and the front 6 will score more than we conceed, no matter what; or
d. We need right-back cover for Seamus as well as at centre-back.
14 Posted 24/09/2020 at 10:28:19
15 Posted 24/09/2020 at 10:38:02
Ansu Fati is the same age (17) as Lewis Dobbin. That does not unfortunately put them at the same level of development. The former has 7 top-flight goals for Barcelona and is capped by Spain. The latter is a very promising player moving up a level to our U23s.
Schalke were poor but had quite a few v good players. Like Norwich last season – Godfrey, Aarons, Cantwell and Buendia are all very good.
16 Posted 24/09/2020 at 10:43:25
He's definitely ahead of Gibson whose yet to feature at a higher level than league one.
A loan for Todibo would make a lot of sense. If he does really well keep him. If Gibson really excels at Reading then maybe we won't need to buy Todibo. But Todibo has a huge amount of ability and though he will make mistakes (like a young John Stones) he could give us cover at centre-back, right-back and even defensive midfield. He's similar to Holgate but quicker and even more comfortable on the ball.
I'd also have a look at Aruajo from Barcelona who is also rapid and could be even better than Todibo!
17 Posted 24/09/2020 at 11:56:38
Everton have Mina and Keane along with the other two, Holgate and Branthwaite, when they return, not to mention Digne as an emergency centre-back.
The situation could become dire in a hurry if Mina gets crocked again and I am not too sure that Digne is suitable.
I am very impressed, like many, with Nkounkou who looks like he could play there in the future.
18 Posted 24/09/2020 at 11:57:40
Now, I'm no expert but what I've seen of him, I am very, very impressed with him btw, with a few tweaks. I see no reason why he couldn't be a top-class left-winger, possibly in the Zaha mould, if he could add goals to his already impressive repertoire!
19 Posted 24/09/2020 at 12:16:53
Barca may make it a condition he's to be played as a starter in the cups.
20 Posted 24/09/2020 at 12:35:42
We have Holgate and Branthwaite who are going to be top defenders but, right now, an older head please.
21 Posted 24/09/2020 at 15:05:59
22 Posted 24/09/2020 at 17:57:06
No. No. Nobody from the Ivanovic, Phil Jones, David Luiz, James Collins pile. Just no.
Hey, for that matter, isn't Ashley himself out of contract? Tough, experienced, knows Everton. Let's go get 'im.
23 Posted 24/09/2020 at 18:06:15
24 Posted 24/09/2020 at 18:10:23
25 Posted 24/09/2020 at 18:17:07
You beat me to it mate. He'd do us for a season long loan.
26 Posted 24/09/2020 at 18:20:07
27 Posted 24/09/2020 at 18:24:16
Rudiger is the only option I would go for right now.
I watched all of Schalke's games last season and apart from the games he was dropped or injured Todibo was dire. He lost concentration a lot and was slow to recover. His passing was okay but I would put Branthwaite well above him.
For me, it's Rudiger or wait for Holgate or Branthwaite to recover and then we have Gibson next season. No need to pad the squad out again.
28 Posted 24/09/2020 at 18:24:31
So I'd be shocked if he stays in the Premier League. Gotta be headed for Europe.
29 Posted 24/09/2020 at 18:27:30
(Yes, I'm kidding.)
30 Posted 24/09/2020 at 18:29:01
If I didn't know you better, I'd say you were wumming!!
31 Posted 24/09/2020 at 18:39:06
32 Posted 24/09/2020 at 18:52:30
33 Posted 24/09/2020 at 19:35:51
34 Posted 24/09/2020 at 19:38:58
35 Posted 24/09/2020 at 19:50:01
36 Posted 24/09/2020 at 19:50:03
So I don't think Chelsea will be in any mood to improve us. They would love to string us along until deadline day and then leave us high and dry though.
In fact, the only reason Chelsea would sell him to a competitor is if they knew he had an injury issue, and that he could somehow get through a medical with it.
37 Posted 24/09/2020 at 20:18:11
Personally I think Mina, Keane, Holgate and Branthwaite are more than a good enough set of options but the injuries have put us in a difficult spot.
If you could guarantee Mina and Keane stay fit until Holgate and Branthwaite are back I'd say don't bother but if you then get an injury we are screwed but, on the other hand, you might be signing someone who sits on the bench the entire time?!
Could Pennington or Connolly step up with all the quality around them?
Maybe on balance a loan is the way to go? But who loans out quality players?
I'm even confusing myself!! Cheeky bid for Van Dijk??
38 Posted 24/09/2020 at 21:38:10
39 Posted 24/09/2020 at 23:18:03
40 Posted 25/09/2020 at 02:20:20
41 Posted 25/09/2020 at 09:34:53
Surely that should be our mentality. Focus on improving the first 11 with every purchase and then we will have plenty of back-up options (that were first choice last season).
42 Posted 25/09/2020 at 09:52:43
Obviously it would be great to be in for real quality (and there's plenty about), above what we have in Keane and Mina – but if the money isn't there then we should settle for cover.
43 Posted 25/09/2020 at 17:57:47
44 Posted 28/09/2020 at 12:26:40
I think if this cant be achieved, then we take someone on loan to ensure we dont get caught short. I think Todibo could be good but only if an option to buy at end of loan. If not move on someone like Tosin Adarabioyo whose had some experience in championship and maybe ready.
Been rumoured to want Zouma back at £40m and Ben Godfrey for £30m.
45 Posted 01/10/2020 at 03:35:58
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