Premier League club eyeing Man Utd defender

Manchester United are wrapping the bulk of their business this summer, with only prime target Frenkie de Jong remaining before Erik ten Hag will be satisfied.

The club has announced that Lisandro Martinez will join after obtaining a work permit, whilst Christian Eriksen and Tyrell Malacia have already signed.

In terms of departures, there have been notable exits. Six players left on free transfers at the end of June and Dean Henderson has joined Nottingham Forest on a free transfer.

Martinez’s arrival adds yet another figure to Ten Hag’s long list of centre-back options but the Argentine could push another player out.

Axel Tuanzebe was in the squad which travelled to Thailand for this summer’s pre-season but after missing the first game against Liverpool, he withdrew from the squad. The club admitted that his return to England was due to a personal issue but he is unlikely to feature under United’s new manager.

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Now, it looks like Tuanzebe could be of interest to another Premier League. That’s according to The Athletic, who say that Bournemouth are assessing the 24-year-old as an option to strengthen their defence ahead of returning to the Premier League.

Tuanzebe is one of a number of players the Cherries are looking at and Turkish club Trabzonspor are also rumoured to be holding an interest.

SN’s verdict…
Tuanzebe has less than one year remaining on his contract and he needs to be advised well here. Last season, both of his loan moves were disastrous and you can’t help but feel that a year was wasted.

There are a handful of defenders ahead of him in the pecking order at Old Trafford and although expectations were high when he broke into the side, things haven’t worked out and it’s best to start over elsewhere.

Tuanzebe is still a capable defender and will go on to have a promising career but as things stand, it’s not looking likely that it will be with United.

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