Celtic should sign former Manchester United player for free

Queens Park Rangers v Manchester United - Pre-season Friendly
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It looks like centre-back has emerged as an area of need for Celtic in the upcoming summer transfer window. Cameron Carter-Vickers' long-running injury issues have not helped the club and hopefully, we will not see them crop up again next summer. On the other hand, there are question marks surrounding the futures of Maik Nawrocki and Gustaf Lagerbielke already. They have failed to make an real impressive since arriving at Parkhead.

Liam Scales has been Celtic's most regularly used centre-back this season. His performances in the second half of the campaign have not been particularly great though and the general feeling is that centre-back is an area where the club can improve in the summer.

We have seen them being linked with a move for Jake Clarke-Salter recently. The former Chelsea youngster has rebuilt his career at QPR and is being considered as one of the best centre-backs in the English Championship.

There is a former Manchester United academy graduate, who has found some form in the Championship recently as well. And with his contract set to run out in the summer, there might be a good opportunity for Celtic to make something happen.

Celtic should sign former Manchester United player for free

The player we are talking about is Axel Tuanzebe. The centre-back had made a lot of headlines when he stopped Kylian Mbappe, as Manchester United won against PSG a few years back.

His career did not go on the upward trajectory after that that it was expected to though. He did not feature much for Manchester United and found himself on loan spells at Napoli, Aston Villa and Stoke City.

Now, he is with Championship club, Ipswich Town. Unfortunately, Tuanzebe has not played a ton of football for them either. According to stats from Transfermarkt, he has made 16 appearances this season.

Things seem to be changing for him recently though. Tuanzebe, who can play as a centre-back and as a right-back, has started seven of Ipswich Town's last eight Championship games. They have won them all. They lost the one in which he was left on the bench.

Tuanzebe's current deal with Ipswich Town runs out in the summer. The club do have an option to extend his stay for a further 12 months. Let's see if they take it.