Manchester United are expected to make a few signings in the upcoming summer transfer window in order to further strengthen the squad and continue progressing until they can start winning trophies on a consistent basis once again.
One position that they are expected to make a signing in, is centre-back. Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof has been Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s first-choice partnership in the heart of defence this season. And although the duo has made a lot of progress through the course of the campaign, it is safe to say that they still have their weaknesses.
Thus, the club are expected to bring in a new centre-back in order to partner Maguire at the back. But what does that mean for the centre-backs already at the club?
Phil Jones has been out injured for quite some time. Eric Bailly has impressed when on the pitch but he has had his own fitness issues, while Axel Tuanzebe has got a little lost in the shuffle in recent times. Thus, could the club be tempted to let him leave if the right offer came in? Andy Mitten appears to believe so. He said on The Athletic’s Talk of the Devils Podcast as reported by UtdDistrict:
More from Manchester United News
- Aaron Wan Bissaka out for ‘several weeks’ with injury
- Sofyan Amrabat set to miss game against Brighton
- Preview: Manchester United vs Brighton – What you need to know
- Jadon Sancho set to train away from first team squad
- Mike Phelan blasts Manchester United teammates over Ronaldo exit
Tuanzebe has faded away at Manchester United this season
Tuanzebe put in a brilliant performance in Manchester United’s win over Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League earlier in the season. It looked like that was the breakout performance that the defender needed to break into the first-team. He has also been hailed as a leader in the past.
But things have not gone as planned for the 23-year-old since then. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he has made only 14 appearances for the Red Devils, which have combined for just 554 minutes.
His current contract expires in the summer of 2022 and there is the option to extend it for a further year. At this point of time, it looks unlikely that he will be able to nail down a spot in the first-team in the near future. Thus, it is very possible that the club could be open to his exit if the right offer did come in for him.