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The Nice players Sir Jim Ratcliffe should bring to Man Utd

It’s not the full takeover that Manchester United fans were hoping for, but the end of this Old Trafford saga is nearing at long last.

Sir Jim Ratcliffe and INEOS have officially purchased a 25% stake of Man Utd, with news being confirmed on Christmas Eve. The plan for Ratcliffe is to eventually take full control of United.

The 70-year-old will bring with him a wealth of experience and contacts in top-level sport, and he’s already dipped his toes into the footballing world as the owner of French side OGC Nice.

Les Aiglons are going quite well in Ligue 1 this season, sitting second and instilling a disciple of Roberto De Zerbi – Francesco Farioli – as their manager.

If and when Ratcliffe makes his way into United, who are the players that he could look to take from Nice?

Jean-Clair Todibo

Jean-Clair Todibo
Todibo has forced his way into the France setup / Koji Watanabe/GettyImages
  • Position: Centre-back
  • Age: 23
  • Fun fact: Recipient of the fastest red card in Ligue 1 history (nine seconds)

Let’s start with a player that United have an active interest in – France international Jean-Clair Todibo.

Those of you with an above-average memory and knowledge of European football might remember his short-lived spell as Barcelona’s next hope. Between 2019 and 2021, he made five appearances for La Blaugrana and was loaned out three times before signing for Nice on a permanent deal.

Todibo formed quite a partnership with Arsenal loanee William Saliba upon his arrival at the Allianz Riviera and has since blossomed into one of his country’s more authoritative centre-backs.

90min reported in August that Todibo was being monitored by United in case they managed to shift Harry Maguire, but he ended up staying at Old Trafford.

Khephren Thuram

Khephren Thuram
Thuram has been tipped to leave Nice / Jean Catuffe/GettyImages
  • Position: Central midfielder
  • Age: 22
  • Fun fact: Named after an Egyptian Pharaoh

Son of Lillian and younger brother of Marcus, midfielder Khephren Thuram is making his own waves in football.

A gangly yet aesthetically pleasing and unique box-to-box midfielder, Thuram has already caught the eye of some of Europe’s biggest clubs.

United are actually pretty well-stacked in the midfield department right now, but if they ever needed another gigantic midfielder, they know where to find one.

Marcin Bulka

Marcin Bulka
Bulka is a beloved personality / Jean Catuffe/GettyImages


  • Position: Goalkeeper
  • Age: 24
  • Fun fact: Ligue 1 winner, technically

Right, this is a little bit of projection on our part, but there’s still method in the madness.

Marcin Bulka’s tally of 17 appearances for Nice this term is almost double what he’s played in a single season ever, so he’s still fairly inexperienced.

That said, the Polish goalkeeper has proven to be one of the best shot-stoppers in Ligue 1 so far, keeping 12 clean sheets and notably saving two penalties from Folarin Balogun in a milestone win at rivals Monaco.

Having spent three years in Chelsea’s youth ranks, he would count as a homegrown option for English teams. Football Manager players, get your squad-planning tools ready.

Terem Moffi

  • Position: Striker
  • Age: 24
  • Fun fact: Played at the Buckswood Football Academy in Hastings as a teenager

The path to stardom has been an unorthodox one for Nigeria’s Terem Moffi.

After leaving his home country at the age of 17 but failing to make it in England, he managed to kick-start his career playing in Lithuania. A move to Belgium with Kortrijk followed, and for the last three years, he’s been tearing up France with Lorient and Nice.

the reported back in January that Premier League clubs were keeping tabs on Moffi prior to his move to the Mediterranean coast

If United want a suitably physical deputy to Rasmus Hojlund, Moffi could be their man, as best evidenced by his manhandling of Paris Saint-Germain above.

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