Manchester United will look to extend defender Axel Tuanzebe’s contract before potentially allowing him to go on loan this summer.
Tuanzebe’s contract expires next summer – although United have the option of extending the 23-year-old center-back’s contract by 12 months.
The imminent arrival of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid is likely to further limit Tuanzebe’s playing time, with Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order.
Tuanzebe has started six Premier League games for United in the past two seasons under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
United want to maintain Tuanzebe’s value if he is loaned out, with reports claiming Newcastle want to bring him on board ahead of the new season.
United have agreed a £ 41million deal with Real Madrid for French defender Varane.
The upfront payment for the World Cup winner is said to be £ 34million and the deal is expected to go through, subject to medical examination.
Former Varane club Lens are to be compensated as part of the deal – it is believed that these solidarity payments will be taken care of by Real Madrid. As a result, United’s upfront payment went down.
Having already signed England international Jadon Sancho for £ 73million from Borussia Dortmund, the acquisition of Varane would be a further statement of United’s intent.
The timing of Varane’s medical examination remains to be confirmed due to quarantine restrictions.
“One of the best central defenders in Europe”
Analysis by Spanish football expert Terry Gibson, speaking on Sky Sports News:
“If Man Utd gets Varane across the line they buy one of the best center-backs in Europe. He’s been fantastic at Real from day one, he has all the attributes you need and he’s been slightly overlooked because of Sergio Ramos.
“But in terms of quality, I don’t think it gets much better than Varane.”
Man Utd sign Sancho from Dortmund for £ 73million
United continue to appear busy in the transfer market after recently signing Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund for £ 73million.
Sancho, whose move to Old Trafford was accepted in principle on July 1, completed a medical earlier this month following his appearance at Euro 2020.
He has signed a five-year contract with United, with an additional one-year option, and Sancho will wear the No.25 shirt for his new squad.
Pogba’s future in the air
One United player with an uncertain future is Paul Pogba. It is “increasingly unlikely” to sign another contract extension at Manchester United amid Paris Saint-Germain interest.
Talks between representatives of Pogba and United did not result in a resolution, with reports claiming that a concrete offer had been rejected by the French midfielder.
The 28-year-old has entered the final year of his current contract and United now have to decide whether to sell him this summer or allow him to see his contract.
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