An update has emerged on Aston Villa target Axel Tuanzebe, regarding Manchester United’s loan fee demands for the defender.
According to The Sun, Manchester United are demanding a stunning £5m loan fee for centre-back Axel Tuanzebe.
The report claims that Aston Villa and Newcastle are both interested in the defender, but they will need to fork out a hefty sum to have the privilege of taking him on loan for a year.
Johan Lange must avoid a major howler over this deal following this update. Paying £5m to develop another club’s player for just a season would be a disastrous decision by the club and one that would surely leave fans fuming, as that money could be used to make a permanent addition to the squad.
Over the weekend, we suggested that Tuanzebe could be a shrewd addition to Dean Smith’s squad as he could come in and provide competition for Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa. The United defender could arrive and push for a spot in the starting XI, either ousting one of the aforementioned pair from the side or providing reliable, quality, depth in the centre-back position, but that would be as a permanent signing, not a £5m loanee.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer called the defender tremendous after an eye-catching display against PSG in the Champions League last term.
The Norwegian said: “Axel’s a tremendous defender, a great leader. He’s come through the academy and we’ve known for years that he’s going to be a top player for us and he’s got the character and the attitude that a Man United player should have.
Solskjaer added: “Sometimes you’ll get in a foot race with Mbappe and you have to run with him and we know Axel’s qualities, he’s a top defender.”
These type of comments go some way to showing why Tuanzebe has the potential to be a good addition, but not for the £5m fee touted for a season-long loan.
It would make more sense for Villa if an option-to-buy clause was inserted in the deal, so that they could make him a permanent member of their squad if the loan is successful – as £5m fee could be seen as a worthwhile gamble as a ‘try before you buy’.
So, unless United are open to an arrangement like that then Villa must avoid this deal. It would be a disaster for Lange to splash £5m on a player who would only be at the club for 12 months and who is not guaranteed to come in and be an instant upgrade on what they already have.