Newcastle could be in line for more transfer disappointment. Sky Sports is reporting Axel Tuanzebe will sign a one-year extension with Manchester United before heading to Villa Park on a season-long loan.
Earlier today, there were claims Villa boss Dean Smith wanted the 23-year-old on a permanent. However, it appears the defender will return to Villa Park, but only on another season-long loan.
Tuanzebe’s current deal expires next summer but the Red Devils have an option for a further year. His new contract will keep him at Old Trafford until 2023 with the option for another year still intact.
Basically, it appears that Manchester United have kicked the can down the road on the defender for another year. He’ll head to Aston Villa for this season then return to Manchester United to fight for his place next summer.
This is a blow for Bruce who wants to add a young center-back to his aging group. Tuanzebe would be a perfect addition on the right side of a back three with his pace and athleticism.
There’s no fee mentioned in the report but recently it was suggested Manchester United wanted £5m for their Academy product to go out on loan. Whether that was the stumbling block on a move to St. James’ Park or the player preferred Aston Villa is not clear just yet.
He will face a fight for starts at Villa. Tyrone Mings and Ezri Konsa both started 35 or more times in the league last season. They are one of the league’s better center-back partnerships and will it will be a big ask to unseat either on of them.