Jean-Clair Todibo dominates Catalan sports press front pages

The signing of the young, French central defender was all over the front covers of the Barcelona-based sports media this morning.

Portadas de los diarios Sport y Mundo Deportivo del día 9 de enero de 2019.

Jean-Clair Todibo is Barcelona's first signing for next season. The 19-year-old French central defender, who had been negotiating terms with Barça for the past few months, accepted the blaugranas' proposal and his summer move to Camp Nou was confirmed yesterday. Barça see Todibo as an alternative to Samuel Umtiti and Thomas Vermaelen - both of whom have struggled with fitness problems during their time at the club.

Hit by a car as a boy

Catalan daily Mundo Deportivo, who announced that a deal was close several weeks ago, ran an in-depth fearure on Todibo - describing him as a centre-back with a powerful physical presence who is also able to play in midfield. They also mention the accident which Todibo was involved in when he was nine years old - he was hit by a car while crossing the road on his way to a judo class and suffered a fracture to his left leg.

Fútbol Club Barcelona.- El Barça ficha al central Todibo para laJean-Clair Todibo

Sport meanwhile, include a quote from the player himself, who is set to sign a five-year contract with Barça: "I'm very happy to sign for Barcelona. Barça is more than a football club and I'm very grateful for the faith they have showed in me".