Tuanzebe leaves Man Utd amid Boateng & Alderweireld links

Axel Tuanzebe Man Utd 2016-17
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The defender has joined Aston Villa on a season-long loan deal, with Jose Mourinho's side stepping up attempts to bring in a new centre-back

Axel Tuanzebe has left Manchester United for Aston Villa on a season-long loan deal, both clubs have confirmed.

Defender Tuanzebe departs United during an uncertain period ahead of the transfer window closing on Thursday, with Jose Mourinho's side attempting to bring in a centre-back before the deadline.

The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Villa, though he played in just five games in the Championship.

Tuanzebe has made eight appearances for United in total since his debut back in 2017, but was a regular for the club's Under-23 side last term.

Tottenham defender Toby Alderweireld, Leicester City's Harry Maguire and Bayern Munich's Jerome Boateng are all reported targets for United.

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Jose Mourinho has repeatedly expressed his frustrations at his side's failure to bring in new players in the transfer market, with only Fred, full-back Diogo Dalot and goalkeeper Lee Grant arriving thus far.

A move for Barcelona's Yerry Mina has fallen through, with United having withdrawn their interest and Everton having now agreed a deal with the Catalans for the Colombian.

It remains to be seen if United will make any new additions, with time running out for the club ahead of the Premier League transfer deadline at 17.00 BST on August 9.