Santiago Gimenez (Feyenoord)

Jean-Clair Todibo (Nice)

In France, Nice are on course for continental qualification thanks largely to possessing Ligue 1’s joint-meanest defence this term.

The star of that formidable backline is 24-year-old Jean-Clair Todibo, who is being strongly touted for a summer switch to Manchester United.

Les Bleus international Todibo joined Barca as a teenager but failed to fire in Catalonia, though now looks every inch an elite centre-back.

New Red Devils co-owner Jim Ratcliffe also has a controlling stake in the French club, which logically would help facilitate a deal.

However, fresh reports suggest senior figures at Nice will rebuff any enquiries for their talisman — hinting a saga may be on the cards.

Jamal Musiala (Bayern Munich)

Despite being a staple of Bayern Munich’s midfield, Jamal Musiala’s future is up in the air.

The 21-year-old German, who cut his teeth in the academies of Southampton and Chelsea, represented England Under-21s before opting to play for his birth nation.

Premier League clubs are keen on Jamal Musiala
Soccer Football – Bundesliga – Bayern Munich v TSG 1899 Hoffenheim – Allianz Arena, Munich, Germany – January 12, 2024 Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala in action with TSG 1899 Hoffenheim’s Stanley Nsoki REUTERS/Leonhard Simon

And though Bayern are desperate to keep one of world football’s brightest talents, their hand could soon be forced according to recent reports.