Everton are in talks with Barcelona over a potential deal to sign Jean-Clair Todibo this summer, but are struggling to come to a final agreement with the Catalan club over the deal.
The Toffees are on the hunt for another defender this summer and, after spending big on the likes of Allan, Abdoulaye Doucoure and James Rodriguez, are looking at potential loan deals.
Fikayo Tomori has re-established himself in the Chelsea first-team so Everton have returned to Todibo, a player who first became a target when a move for Gabriel Magalhaes first fell through.
According to The Independent, however, this will not be a smooth negotiation.
Everton simply want to sign Todibo on loan and see if he can rediscover his best form, after a disappointing stint on loan with Schalke alongside Everton right-back Jonjoe Kenny.
However, Barcelona are reportedly ‘demanding’ that an obligation-to-buy clause be inserted in the deal, totaling at £18 million.
Such an agreement is different to the one Everton had with Monaco last summer, in which they had the option to buy Djibril Sidibe in the following summer should he impress appropriately.
This would mean Everton would have to sign Todibo, regardless of his performances, next summer with Barcelona desperately looking to trim the fat.
Everton are right to not want such a deal as it leaves them in a potentially unenvious position next summer should Todibo flop and suffer a steep market devaluation.
If Everton can find a suitable arrangement with Barcelona for Todibo, then undoubtedly this is a deal worth considering. If not, then the Toffees might be best off walking away.