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Stoke City and Aston Villa go head to head over Man Utd defender

Man United defender, Axel Tuanzebe has gained interest from Stoke City and Aston Villa. According to the Daily Mail, Man United want to keep hold of him.

The offers these clubs are making are expected to be rejected, as Tuanzebe has been put in the first-team plans at Old Trafford ahead of the season.

The 21-year-old is wanted by Stoke, and apparently only on a loan basis as Ryan Shawcross is out with a broken ankle which he picked up in pre-season. This leaves Nathan Jones looking for a replacement.

Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest have also registered their interest as he impressed at Villa Park last season. However, as well as Man United looking likely to reject any bids, the defender is also reluctant to leave his current club as he wants the chance to impress at Old Trafford.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also prepared to move out one of his defenders after the arrival of Harry Maguire. However, the injury that Eric Bailey has sustained means he doesn’t want to leave himself short of cover options. This also means that Solskjaer needs the 21-year-old to step up to Premier League football.

It’s a fair plan from Man United, as they’ve just spent so much on Maguire that building their own players and making them step up to league football is a sensible option. Hopefully, Tuanzebe can pull through, have a good season, stand out to clubs and push up his fees in case he wants to leave in the future, although right now, he should be given a chance.

One to watch: Man City snap up 14y/o ahead of Man Utd, Liverpool, Chelsea and Arsenal

Man City’s academy has another fantastic talent in their academy after signing Kane Taylor.

Manchester City beat Liverpool, Man Utd, Chelsea and Arsenal in the Premier League. Now they have beaten them in the race to sign one of the best teenage talents in the country.

According to the Telegraph, 14-year-old Kane Taylor ‘de-registered at Villa last season meaning that he was available for £129,000 compensation under the Elite Player Performance Plan tariffs‘.

Man City have been clever about the signing, as waiting for him to turn of age would result in having to pay a significantly higher fee.

The 14-year-old left-footed midfielder impressed clubs in the Premier League whilst playing for Aston Villa,

Man City have been signing young talents to join their academy since 2008. Darko Gyabi and Daniel Ogwuru are examples of how the club has been adding to their academy from other clubs for the past 11 years.

Why is Man City the best place for Kane Taylor?

Kane Taylor will succeed in one of Europe’s greatest academy’s that have played a part in producing the likes of Phil Foden and Jadon Sancho, even Ryan Giggs.

The Citizens are clearly planning for the future, as we could see Taylor be slowly integrated into the squad in four or five years time. This was the case with Phil Foden, who is now one of England’s most exciting talents.

The likes of Sergio Aguero and David Silva coming toward the end of the best part of their career. It’s important for the Blues to bring through their young talent. Perhaps the days of big spending is over, and Man City are beginning to replicate the formula that Man Utd once had. Producing your own talent and being successful.

Being snapped up by Man City means that this boy has some serious talent. He will most certainly be a name we see introduced into the squad in the years to come.

These two Man Utd youngsters must start against AC Milan tomorrow, agree?

A big season is ahead of Man Utd and this summer has taught us that the players, in particular, have to be match-ready.

Solskjaer has one game left in pre-season against AC Milan, in Wales. Should he come away with a victory, Man Utd will be unbeaten in six games.

However, Man Utd’s previous game against Norway’s mid-table Kristiansund it proved that the Reds lacked quality in the final third. There were also instances of terrible organisation in defence, struggling with crosses and counter-attacks.

According to reports and rumours, Man Utd’s most likely transfers are Bruno Fernandes, Paulo Dybala and Harry Maguire. Sticking these players into the current squad patches up the weaknesses and faults in a promising team. Investment is what is needed to compliment the strives made by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

Man Utd fans grow increasingly frustrated with the investment made in this summer transfer window, amongst others. Recent antics by Man Utd’s board tell us that the rumoured-ins for the club are far from guaranteed.

With this in mind, The Football Manc Cave brings you two young players in particular who should be given game time against AC Milan. They may have to be ready to step-in should Man Utd fail to secure any more signatures…

Axel Tuanzebe

As mentioned, Man Utd’s defence is still abysmal. Without Aaron Wan-Bissaka in the mix, there is no one you can trust 100%. Tuanzebe, 21, had a fantastic season in Championship last season. He helped them to the point of promotion and had fans singing his name. He has the potential to be a Man Utd centre-back and has stated that he wants to be just that, we just have to see the proof in the pudding.

According to reports, Tuanzebe is currently linked with a loan move back to Aston Villa, as well as being linked with Newcastle United. Demonstrating that teams want him to prevent demotion for their club. However, it also indicates that Man Utd may be purchasing a defender.

Mason Greenwood

Solskjaer’s only proven natural striker is 17-year old Mason Greenwood. Despite Anthony Martial being very clinical, and Marcus Rashford being powerful, Greenwood has more of a natural number nine instinct. His movement and awareness have people likening him to Robin Van Persie, a man who won Man Utd the Premier League.

Man Utd are lacking quality in front of goal, and should it be Lukaku or Dybala who has a bad season for the Reds, Greenwood could be the one who saves the season for them.

Everton’s new signing brings three good qualities from Man City

Everton stole Manchester City’s Fabian Delph for £9m, what he will bring to squad could make every penny worth it – and more.

Fabian Delph has never been a stand-out player, having only 19 goals and 23 assists in his 282 game-long career. However, this ex-England international knows the Premier League like the back of his hand. Having played 134 games for Aston Villa before playing 89 games for Manchester City.

Delph has two Premier League titles to his name, and is a perfect fit for Everton who are building to challenge the top six clubs in England.

Delph will sit in the centre of midfield, focusing on his defensive duties. And here are 3 things the Englishman will bring to the table at Goodison Park…


As mentioned, Delph is a Premier League man. At Everton, he has promised to give “nothing less than 100 per cent” and went on to say “Hopefully we can push together, fans and players, to do something special.”

By having a Premier League winner in the squad, he will expect results and a high table finish with Everton. His knowledge of the league and his expectations of winning will surely impact the Evertonians mentality and motivation.

Defensive Stability

According to last year’s Premier League table goal difference, for Everton to break the top 4 they would need to score 20 more goals and concede 10 less than their 18/19 campaign. Delph can certainly aid in the defensive department.

Everton having a defensive midfielder of Premier League winning quality and experience could prevent many goals against The Toffees in the upcoming campaign.


That’s right. We could see Everton win something very soon. According to Delph, “Ultimately, the goal is to win something. I’ve not come here just to be here – I’ve come here with ambitions to win things.”

His winning mentality can be instilled into a side of players with little experience of holding up trophies.

It is clear that Everton have high hopes and are ambitious in their attempts to break the top 6. Everton has also been linked with Diego Costa and Moise Kean in recent weeks.

Everton seek to use Man City 29y/o to level up next season

It is being said that Manchester City’s Fabian Delph has a number of clubs looking at signing him before the transfer window closes. The Football Manc Cave are exploring the possibility of Everton being his next move.

The midfielder, who is also comfortable as a left back, still has a year remaining on his current contract with Pep Guardiola’s side. Although it is believed that he has been told he can leave this summer. Man City are yet to receive any bids for the 29-year-old but they are expected to come flooding in soon.

With Everton apparently being one of the clubs interested. The Football Manc Cave take a look at what he’s achieved so far, and how he will help the Toffees if there is a possibility of them signing him.

Youth career

He started his youth career with Bradford City and Leeds Utd before signing a professional contract with Leeds in 2006. In 2009 he joined Aston Villa where he spent the next 6 years signed to the club. However, in 2012, he went back on loan to Leeds. It wasn’t until 2015 that he signed for Manchester City. Delph has also been called up to the England team on 20 occasions.

Everton had a successful run last year as they finished 8th in the Premier League. Now it looks like they are trying to strengthen their squad with experience, so they can keep up in the top half of the table next season. Andre Gomes and Jonas Lossl have both already put pen to paper for the Toffees and now Marco Silva could be about to get one more signature.

With Delph evidently falling short of being favourited at the Etihad, it’s clear that he may be interested in moving somewhere that he can get game time. If he does receive bids from a number of teams, which I’m sure he will, he would have a hard choice to make.

Delph will be a welcomed addition to the ever-improving Everton side. His Premier League know-how can only aid Silva in his quest to better last season final position.

Lowdown: Who Is Aston Villa’s Target, Mahmoud Trezeguet?

Aston Villa looks like they could make another signing before the transfer window closes.

It has been reported that Villa could be about to make an £8 million bid for Egypt’s striker, Mahmoud Trezeguet. He’s a big name in Egypt but not so much everywhere else, so who is he?

He’s a 24-year-old midfielder who is a product of Al Ahly’s youth. He managed to break into their first team at the age of 18 in 2012 however, he got sent to Anderlecht on loan. He then signed a permanent contract with them, however he couldn’t find a way into the first team so went on loan again to Mouscron and Kasimpasa.

In 2018, after his loan spell with the club saw him score 13 times in 31 games, he signed permanently for Kasimpasa. Since his move, he has scored 9 goals in 29 games. He’s also done brilliantly for Egypt as he has made 38 appearances for his national team and scored 6 goals.

His impressive form in Egypt has drawn interest from England and from clubs such as Inter Milan. It looks as though he has been on Villa’s radar for some time, as scouts from the club went to watch him in the African Cup Of Nations and they are said to be impressed.

Dean Smith is clearly trying to strengthen his squad before he starts the new Premier League campaign, and if he can sign Trezeguet for £8 million, it may prove to be a bargain if he can do well for the club.

I think he will need some coaching if the move goes ahead to prepare him for the highest league in England. Nonetheless, I don’t think it would be a bad idea to have him on the bench and bring him on towards the end of games, to slowly break him into the Premier League.

If the signing proves to be beneficial, Villa could have got a bargain player that will bring in more interest and put a bigger value on the Egyptian.

Aston Villa are tearing up the newly promoted blueprint, and Bristol City looks set to benefit

Aston Villa is working to strike a deal with Bristol City to sign defender Adam Webster in a deal worth up to £25 million.

It was reported last week that The Villains made an opening offer of £12 million for the former Ipswich man. However, after Bristol City slapped a £30 million price tag on him, it’s expected that both sides will compromise and a deal will be settled at between 20 and 25 million.

Villa is no stranger to spending huge money, proving by them already signing Anwar El Ghazi, Matt Target and Jota, with Wesley also expected to sign for around £22 million. Dean Smith will be hoping to be reunited with loan hero Tyrone Mings, although Bournemouth will be demanding a fee of £25 million upwards. While Axel Tuanzebe is looking to fight his way into Man United’s side.

Webster was brilliant last season alongside Aden Flint, however, he’s still largely unproven. It’s a massive fee to pay for a player that’s never played in the Premier League. A brave signing. Smith could’ve opted to sign experienced, proven players, Craig Dawson for example. Instead, it looks like he’s identified his main targets, and he’ll trust them to fit into his system that he trusts and believes will be successful. Fair play.

I’m very interested to see how Villa do next season. They’re doing it differently to how most promoted usually approach it. Most sign ‘old heads’ that have been there and done it. Villa is going for youth, playing an attractive style. I’m expecting lots of goals at both ends, with the aim of scoring more than the opposition, similar to what Fulham tried last season, I think Villa will be better equipped in terms of players and manager.

Is 50m for a British squad player a sign of the times as Man Utd’s transfer strategy continues

Another British talent finds his way onto Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s radar.

So far this summer, Solskjaer has brought in the Welshman Daniel James and the Englishman Aaron Wan-Bissaka. Now reports of the Scotsman John McGinn are surfacing as Man Utd are rumoured to have offered £50million for the Aston Villa midfielder. Perhaps Jonny Evans could re-sign, to complete their British Isle swoop.

John McGinn signed for Aston Villa from Scottish side Hibs in the summer of 2018 for a fee of around £2.8million. He impressed Villa with his record of 17 goals and 29 assists in 136 games for his old side, which is a decent statistic for a central midfielder.

Fast-forward by only one year, and McGinn is now worth twenty times more. He played 44 games for Villa last season where he grabbed 7 goals and 10 assists, playing a key role in the centre of their midfield and helping his side achieve promotion to the Premier League.

McGinn could step in as a squad rotation player, allowing Solskjaer to have a quality midfield regardless of bookings, injuries or lack of form.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is dealing with his star man Paul Pogba seeking an exit from the club and is shortlisting replacements. The likes of Tielemans, Eriksen and Declan Rice have been on the radar as potential suitors, and we could see several midfielders put on Man Utd shirts in the next few weeks depending on World Cup winner Paul Pogba’s decision.

Many United fans question the desire of the club, as no big name signings are looking realistic to the Red Devils. However, the recruitment strategy seems vastly different to previous years, as promising talents are being given the time and effort before players who will simply sell shirts but not provide much for the club, like Alexis Sanchez. Alternatively, perhaps Ed Woodward isn’t prepared to be giving out big wages.

Wigan Athletic join Championship clubs fight for free agent

It’s being reported that West Brom and Wigan are fighting for the signature of Alan Hutton.

There’ll be a number of clubs in for Hutton, considering he made 33 appearances for a very good Villa side last season and is available on a free transfer. He’s a good player, versatile and provides vital experience having played in the Premier League for a number of years for Tottenham and Sunderland.

Paul Cook is looking for experience this summer. Although he has a number of talented players at his disposal, it’s a young, inexperienced squad. Wigan fell victim to losing a number of close matches last campaign, including conceding a lot of late goals away from home. The arrival of Danny Fox certainly helped, his defending and ability to play out from the back steadied the ship.

Chey Dunkley done well last season. People forget it was his first season in the Championship, the same for Cedric Kipre. Of course, there’s room for improvement, particularly with their distribution. However, their main job is to defend and I felt they done that pretty well.

The Championship is an unforgiving league (I’m sounding like Cook now, we go again…) every mistake seems to be punished. For example, we were brilliant against Champions Norwich at home, one time we got too tight to Pukki, he spun our defence and scored. Until then, he’d done nothing. On the whole, we defended well last season, it was just individual errors that cost and we were punished for.

We need experience. Wigan led in a lot of away games last season, they just couldn’t see the games out. Whether it was an error, not time-wasting, needlessly rushing corners/free-kicks, we required old heads to help us get the points.

Hutton would be a brilliant signing. Still a very capable full-back, and somebody that will provide that stability and experience in both the dressing room and on the pitch.

Bristol City making big moves with a record fee

Bristol City fans have had a lot to keep up with the past few days with transfer gossip and the most recent comes in the form of Tomas Kalas.

The Robins’ fans have probably already heard that defender, Adam Webster has had interest from Aston Villa. Bristol rejected a £12 million offer from Villa as they made it clear that their asking price is £30 million. However, talks have continued and now they could be negotiating a fee somewhere in between £20 million to £25 million. It’s clear that City doesn’t want him to leave but at the same time, they don’t want to hold him back.

So, if this deal does go ahead, Bristol will need a replacement and that is Kalas following last nights confirmed transfer. The 26-year-old defender spent last season on loan to Bristol from Chelsea. He’s had quite a few loan spells while being signed to the blues, but it’s looking like Bristol City have managed to convince him that he needs a change.

Tomas is actually Chelsea’s longest-serving player after 9 years with the club. Even though he’s been with them nearly long enough to have his testimonial, he’s only had four appearances with the clubs first team. He’s been around a lot and had spells with Middlesbrough and Fulham before he spent last season with the Robins.

After 38 games for Bristol last season, their fans have taken a liking to him and over the summer, they’ve been questioning his future. He’s been documenting his travels on Instagram the past few weeks, and fans have been bombarding his posts trying to lure him back to Ashton Gate. It’s looking like it’s helped, with the permanent deal to Bristol announced.

The defender will break records for the Robins becoming their highest-paid player and has smashed a transfer record for the club. It’s looking around the £8 million mark plus fees.

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