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Man Utd keen to extend defender’s deal before possible loan

Manchester United will look to extend defender Axel Tuanzebe’s contract before potentially allowing him to leave on loan this summer.

Tuanzebe’s contract is up next summer – though United have the option to extend the 23-year-old centre-back’s deal by an additional 12 months.

The imminent arrival of Raphael Varane from Real Madrid is likely to limit Tuanzebe’s game time further, with Harry Maguire, Victor Lindelof and Eric Bailly seemingly ahead of him in the pecking order.

Tuanzebe has started six Premier League games for United in the last two seasons under manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

United want to maintain Tuanzebe’s value if he goes on loan, with reports claiming Newcastle want to bring him on board ahead of the new season.

PA: Raphael Varane

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United have agreed a fee of £41m with Real Madrid for France defender Varane.

The initial payment for the World Cup winner is believed to be £34m and the deal is set to go through, subject to a medical.

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