Man Utd man keen on exit as Aston Villa step up to provide solution

Axel Tuanzebe Man Utd

Man Utd defender Axel Tuanzebe is hoping to leave Old Trafford in the near future, according to a report.

The 23-year-old made nine Premier League appearances last season as Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s team finished second in the table. He also featured in the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup, but the Red Devils could not end their wait for a trophy.

Tuanzebe fell down the pecking order during the summer thanks to the arrival of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid.

He also began to face competition from the returning Phil Jones. Due to this, Tuanzebe was loaned out to Aston Villa for the 2021-22 campaign.

He has so far featured in six matches and has helped the Villans to keep three clean sheets.

Birmingham Mail now write that the Englishman is keen to join Villa on a permanent basis.

He has supposedly ‘found his smile’ in the West Midlands and is enjoying playing regularly.

Dean Smith seems to have placed his trust in the centre-back from the outset. He started three consecutive league matches but was ineligible during the 1-0 victory over Man Utd.

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The report claims that Tuanzebe would be willing to make Villa his home. However, this is more likely to happen at the end of the season, rather than in January.

Former striker Kevin Phillips recently gave his take on the potential for a permanent move.

He told Football Insider: “Villa are a great club so I’m not surprised he’s enjoying his time there.

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“Get the deal done. He has settled in really well which was to be expected given that he has already been at the club.

“It kind of smells of an easy deal to be done but sometimes it can be more difficult than you’d hope.

“What kind of fee would Man Utd want? That’s the big question.

“From the outside looking in it is a deal that I can see getting done though.”

PSG prepare bid for Man Utd target

French giants Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly ready to challenge Man Utd for Franck Kessie.

The AC Milan midfielder has attracted attention from all across Europe with his recent performances.

Italian source Tuttomercatoweb now claim that PSG are ready to offer him €12m per season plus bonuses. That is considerably more than the €8m per season he is rumoured to want.

Man Utd will now need to step up their attempts if they want to land Kessie next year. They may even have to match PSG and offer to make Kessie one of their highest-paid stars.

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