In the January transfer window, Jean-Clair Todibo moved from Barcelona to join Schalke on a loan, the Frenchman would be happy to stay in the German club on a permanent basis, while he was linked to moving away from Camp Nou this summer.
However, this is a question of finance, as Schalke could try hard to pay the right to purchase an amount negotiated with Barcelona for Todibo: 25 million euros plus 5 million in add-ons.
Todibo told, “First I want to finish the season here and secure a good position in the table.”
“And in relation to my future, the truth is that I imagine staying here.
“Everything is perfect. I like the stadium, how incredibly passionate the fans are, the coach [David Wagner] gives me confidence… I settled in quickly.”
While Todibo would like to remain with the Royal Blues, the club’s sports director was pragmatic about their chances of being able to pay the transfer fee.
“You don’t have to be a visionary to say that the real chance of him staying has diminished with the coronavirus crisis,” said Jochen Schneider.
Therefore, Barcelona hopes to either sell Todibo to another club or to include it in a future swap contract.