Aston Villa journalist Ashley Preece has been sharing his thoughts on the possibility of the Midlands club potentially making a move to sign Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe on a loan deal this summer.
This comes after Preece made an appearance on a recent Q&A edition of the Birmingham Mail’s Claret & Blue Podcast where he answered a number of questions about the Villans ahead of the new season.
During the video, Preece had this to say about a potential loan move for Tuanzebe this summer, with Villa said to be monitoring the defender as we near the start of the new season.
He said: “He’s available for a loan, but I can’t see him being loaned out until later on in the window.
“If Villa do want to act, I’ve been told that hasn’t happened – but it’s a deal that makes sense, for me.
“Obviously, he’s been at Villa before, I think he did really well in the Championship years, he needs to find a club.
“Whether he wants to come in and play second fiddle behind Ezri Konsa is another thing but yeah, it’s a deal that’s there to be done, if Villa want to do it – but they haven’t acted yet.”
As Preece mentioned, Tuanzebe joined Villa on loan back in January 2018 before they signed him again on another loan deal for their 2018/19 Championship season that saw them promoted back to the Premier League.
TIF Thoughts on Ashley Preece’s comments on a potential loan move for Tuanzebe again this summer…
Taking into account how the 23-year-old, who is currently valued at £7.2 million, has made 35 appearances for Villa, and the fact that he has been reportedly been put up for a loan move this summer by Manchester United as Preece alluded to, it’s easy to see why he thinks another temporary return to Villa Park this summer would make sense.
Do you think Villa should sign Tuanzebe on loan this summer?
In our view, with Villa having let go of Bjorn Engels last month, leaving them with just three centre-backs in their squad, perhaps signing Tuanzebe on loan this summer with a potential obligation to buy him permanently could be a good bit of business from the Midlands club.