In the January transfer window, Jean-Clair Todibo was transferred to Schalke on a loan from Barcelona, and there was a lot of talk about him moving away from this summer from Camp Nou, but the Frenchman would be happy to stay in the German club on a permanent basis.
Schalke could struggle to pay the right to purchase an amount negotiated with Barcelona for Todibo: 25 million euros plus 5 million in add-ons. However, this is a question of finance.
“First I want to finish the season here and secure a good position in the table,” Todibo told Bild.
“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.
Barcelona, therefore, hopes to include it in a future swap contract or either to sell Todibo to another club.