Aston Villa fans demand one Man Utd player included in Jack Grealish transfer deal
Manchester United are stepping up the chase to sign Aston Villa star Jack Grealish but fans of the relegation-threatened side want Axel Tuanzebe included in the negotiations.
Villa are 19th in the Premier League table and could be set to return to the Championship next year.
United are expected to move for Grealish as boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer looks to finalise his squad overhaul.
The playmaker will cost around £70million and the Red Devils are confident of having money to spend even after the coronavirus pandemic.
Solskjaer yesterday admitted he could “exploit” struggling clubs in the next transfer window.
But Villa fans want something in return if their captain is to move to Old Trafford.
United defender Tuanzebe spent 18 months on loan at Villa Park before returning to push for a place in United’s starting XI this season.
The 22-year-old helped Dean Smith’s side earn promotion to the Premier League and fans want him to come back.
One supporter wrote: “Tuanzebe can come back to Villa.”
While another added: “Would absolutely love Tuanzebe back at Villa Park. Reliable, versatile, great potential.”
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A third user said: “Hopefully we get Tuanzebe back then!”
Congo-born Tuanzebe has become frustrated at the limited opportunities afforded to him this season as he has only made 10 appearances across all competitions.
“It’s just frustrating, it’s very hard to deal with it, mentally,” Tuanzebe told the Manchester Evening News.
“Just because you see everyone progressing and you want to be a part of that, I want myself to improve and to be denied that opportunity is very frustrating.
“And coming off the back of last season and doing so well on loan [at Aston Villa], I wanted this season to be special for me, but it’s not gone to plan.
“But there is still time ahead to improve and get going again.”
Tuanzebe also explained what he has been up to during the coronavirus lockdown.
He added: “To be honest, I’ve not really had much downtime because I’ve just been training. I try to make my routine as close to normality as possible.
“I’m still trying to get my training in with very good hygiene, eating correctly, all these factors. All the exercise, the right nutrition.
“I just try and stick to that routine. Obviously, we have no idea when this season will resume or if it will resume any time soon, so I’m just trying to get ready for that, really.”
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