Aston Villa are interested in a move for Manchester United centre-back Axel Tuanzebe as they hunt for defensive reinforcements, according to Football Insider.
The Lowdown: Aston Villa build towards the 2021/22 season
With pre-season fast approaching at Bodymoor Heath, many Villa supporters will be intrigued to see how their team goes about improving on their 11th-placed finish last term.
Already active in the transfer market, Villa have so far acquired the signatures of Emiliano Buendia for a club-record fee from Norwich City [avfc.co.uk] alongside free agent Ashley Young [OTB Sports].
Could they now be set to follow this up with a third signing of the summer window following recent developments?
Would Tuanzebe be a good signing for Aston Villa?
The Latest: Villa hold “concrete” interest in Tuanzebe
The Villains are said to have “concrete” interest in the 23-year-old stopper, according to a Football Insider source.
Aston Villa are in the market for a new centre-back following the departure of Bjorn Engels to Royal Antwerp, whilst they see the Red Devils defender as someone who can provide cover within the backline and has room for footballing development [Football Insider].
Of course, Tuanzebe is already a familiar face to the Villa Park faithful, having spent the second half of the 2017/18 campaign on loan at the club [Birmingham Mail].
The Verdict: Tuanzebe would be an ideal signing
Signing the former England under-21 international would represent an astute piece of business for Aston Villa.
In 2020/21, he made 19 appearances for Manchester United as he helped them towards a second-placed finish in the Premier League alongside reaching the Europa League final [Transfermarkt].
Comfortable with the ball at his feet, he showed his competency in ball retention across the previous campaign, recording a passing success rate of 89.4% across all competitions [WhoScored].
Possessing previous high-profile experience in the Champions League, he was praised for his “unbelievable performance” by manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in United’s famous 2-1 win away to Paris Saint-Germain in Europe’s premier club competition last October [manutd.com].
Tuanzebe could contribute a lot to the Villa cause and they should endeavour to ensure that the deal gets over the line.
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