By Paddy Kenny

12th Aug, 2021 | 5:00pm

Kenny: Aston Villa may have saved '£20m' on Tuanzebe deal as new details revealed

Aston Villa may have saved £20million by signing Axel Tuanzebe on loan for the season rather than splashing out on a permanent deal.

So says ex-Premier League goalkeeper Paddy Kenny, speaking exclusively to Football Insider after Villa confirmed the capture of Tuanzebe on 8 August.

And this site revealed the following day that Villa had paid Man United in excess of £5m to re-sign the defender on loan.

The 23-year-old spent two spells on loan at Villa Park in their 2017-18 and 2018-19 Championship campaigns.

The centre-back will have to vie for position with Tyrone Mings, Ezri Konsa and Kourtney Hause if he is to make an impression on the first XI.

But Kenny claims that Tuanzebe will be good value at £5m even if he is Dean Smith’s fourth-choice centre-half in 2021-22.

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He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “You’ve got to have big strong squads now and you need to have these players ready to come in.

“It’s a lot of money, £5m, but would you rather go out and spend £25m on someone in the same position?

“Even if he is third or fourth choice, you might be saving £20m on buying a player permanently.

“If he doesn’t play that much then you’re not losing out on that much money, and if he does then they’ll be thinking ‘what a deal’.

“He’s had those loan spells with them already so he knows what it’s like to be around the club. They must think highly of him to bring him back again.

In other news, Aston Villa plan to accept £17m bid for 26-year-old star.