According to Sky Sports, Manchester United want Newcastle goalkeeper Axel Tuanzebe to sign a new contract before leaving the club on loan.
Steve Bruce is desperate to add a center back to his squad this summer, and Tuanzebe now seems to be the favorite.
The Telegraph reported Monday that the Magpies are trying to sign the 23-year-old. They even suggested he could be our first signing of the summer.
Manchester United are on the verge of signing a new center-back, with Raphael Varane reportedly on his way to Real Madrid.
That should open the door for Tuanzebe to loan Old Trafford, but not until he signs a new contract.
The defender’s current deal expires next summer, although Manchester United have the option to extend it for another 12 months.
New contract for Axel Tuanzebe suggests Newcastle will not sign him permanently
The Telegraph claimed that a loan association and a permanent movement for Tuanzebe were discussed. However, a loan is more likely due to Newcastle’s finances.
And with Sky Sports saying so that the Red Devils want him to sign a new deal, apparently a permanent move is no longer an option.
When Tuanzebe goes on loan, it is logical from Manchester United’s perspective to give him a new contract, just to protect his value.
However, in the future it may make signing Tuanzebe permanently harder.
A loan with an option to buy would be much more favorable for Newcastle, because it means the price is fixed, no matter how well he performs.
Of course, a move to St James’ Park is not yet guaranteed. Transfers are never easy for the Magpies, and we have already missed several big goals this summer.
Here’s hoping Tuanzebe doesn’t join a long list. Even on loan, he would be a great signing.
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