Manchester United have made Harry Maguire the most expensive defender in world football, and an £80 million deal has thrust Nottingham Forest under another transfer spotlight.

According to the Daily Mail, the Reds are among those to have enquired about the possible availability of Axel Tuanzebe.

They claim, while leading on supposed interest from Stoke: “Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest have also registered interest in Tuanzebe, who impressed on loan at Villa Park last season.”

The 21-year-old helped the Villans to secure promotion to the Premier League in 2018-19.

He took in 30 appearances across all competitions and earned plenty of plaudits.

If there is another loan deal to be done, you would expect it to involve the West rather than East Midlands.

Football, though, is a funny business and you never know what could happen.

Asking the question of Tuanzebe, if there has been one, does no harm.

Shifted

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The situation at Old Trafford has certainly shifted over the course of the last 24 hours.

Earlier in the summer, with Tuanzebe back in Manchester, the chances of another move in the latest window appeared slim.

The man himself stated in The National after figuring for United in pre-season: “The manager puts faith in young players and I’m ready to play.

“My season last year showed that I am a much better player than a year ago.

“Having a good coach to support me as a player and a person helped.

“I’m more mature, my decision making is better, my physicality, building myself in the game and being a senior player.

“I’m ready to play for Manchester United – definitely.”

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer followed that up by stating in the Metro on an academy graduate: “Axel has got a great chance of staying here and playing.

“He had a great season last year, albeit a stop-start season with injuries, but he’s really proven that he’s capable of playing at this level.

“He got promoted with Aston Villa and he’s come back very strong and focused. He’s one of the young exciting players I can’t wait to see more of.”

Excited to see more of, but still going to splash the cash on Maguire.

Tuanzebe now finds himself further down the United pecking order.

Potential

 

At his age, as an England U21 international, he needs regular game time in order to develop and fulfil his potential.

Forest could offer that.

But so could Stoke or Villa.

The latter also boast the rather sizeable bargaining chip of top-flight football and familiar surroundings.

Ambition at the City Ground is to be applauded, with promotion-winning experience a very useful quality to try and unearth.

Albert Adomah has already brought that to Trentside from Villa this summer.

Tuanzebe, though, may be out of reach.

Forest are being linked with alternative options in an area of the field that they are already well-stocked and it is likely that Maguire’s record-breaking switch will prove beneficial to somebody else.

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