The transfer market has got even crazier this summer. Manchester United might have a young player worth close to £30 million who has barely played for the club.
That’s how much Axel Tuanzebe could be worth already, based on Aston Villa’s acquisition of Bournemouth’s Tyrone Mings.
Villa paid £26.5 million to sign Mings permanently this week, The Guardian reported.
Tuanzebe and Mings were teammates at Villa last season, with both players on loan.
United have given Tuanzebe a chance in pre-season, and let’s hope he takes it. If he can, the sky is the limit for him.
The market is throwing up some crazy prices right now, with Newcastle wanting £50 million for Sean Longstaff, report Sky Sports.
We have seen it also with The Telegraph reporting United target Harry Maguire is being valued at £100 million by Leicester.
Tuanzebe signed a four-year contract at United last week.
At 21, he is five years younger than Mings, who is unproven at Premier League level, and has potential to be a great deal better.
Once he gets a few starts for United under his belt this season in the Premier League and Europa League, his reputation will soar.
Seeing Tuanzebe interact with his United teammates on the club’s tour, he looks like he feels he belongs.
He deserves his chance on the pitch and he will be closely scrutinised through pre-season.
In this market, how much is a young, supremely talented English centre-back worth? Clearly quite a lot.
We just hope manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer realises how valuable Tuanzebe is.
He needs a proper chance over the course of the season too, instead of being loaned out event pre-season doesn’t go to plan or a new centre-back is signed.
We need to try and ditch either Marcos Rojo or Phil Jones instead, for whatever we can get, and persist with Tuanzebe.