Brighton ‘set their sights’ on Manchester United defender after disappointing loan spell

Dan Butterfield
Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe

Brighton have reportedly set their sights on Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe ahead of a potential summer move.

The 24-year-old has spent the second-half of this season in Italy with Napoli but has made only one Serie A appearance.

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Tuanzebe has made 37 appearances for United, but has struggled to establish himself as a first team regular.

He has spent three separate loan spells with Aston Villa, including in the first half of this season and could be finally set for a permanent move away from Old Trafford.

According to Football Insider, Brighton are keen on a move for the defender with manager Graham Potter an admirer of Tuanzebe.

Man Utd could be willing to sell the defender this summer as incoming manager Erik Ten Hag begins his major squad overhaul.

The Seagulls are lost Ben White last summer to Arsenal but never brought in a replacement and Tuanzebe could be brought in as Brighton look to build on an impressive season.

Potter’s side secured a top ten finish in the Premier League this season, eventually finishing ninth, just five points off the European places.

Meanwhile, former Manchester United midfielder Paul Scholes has slammed forward Edinson Cavani’s performances this season, labelling him as a ‘disgrace’.

“Cavani I think was a disgrace this year, he hardly ever played,” Scholes claimed (quotes via Mirror).

“He pulled out of the Middlesbrough game because he had to travel back from wherever he was. Funnily enough, since that Middlesbrough game I think I heard last night United have won only five out of 18 games or something since then.

“It’s been embarrassing, this manager [Erik ten Hag] now needs backing. Who’s going to help him do that? The club upstairs is still a bit of a mess, we don’t really know.

“Do you know what, we go back to last year as well we thought Ronaldo’s coming in, Varane is coming in. You are thinking, ‘yeah, here we go. Varane’s been disappointing. I think he’s got away with it a little bit. A lot of injuries, hardly played a game.”