Napoli 'reach an agreement' to sign Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe with the out of favour centre back 'close to joining the Italian side on an initial loan deal with a view to permanent move'
- Man United's Axel Tuanzebe will reportedly join Serie A giants Napoli on loan
- Tuanzebe, 24, is currently in the middle of his third loan spell at Aston Villa
- Napoli can 'make the move permanent for £20million' should he impress in Italy
Serie A giants Napoli have reportedly agreed a deal to sign Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe on an initial loan deal, with a view to a permanent move, according to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato.
Tuanzebe is currently in his third loan spell at Aston Villa, but has found game time limited since the arrival of boss Steven Gerrard.
The 24-year-old is expected to make the move to southern Italy this month as he looks to resurrect his career.
Axel Tuanzebe is reportedly joining Napoli from Manchester United on an initial loan deal
The 24-year-old has found game time limited under new Aston Villa manager Steven Gerrard
Napoli will reportedly pay the Red Devils in the region of £800,000 initially, and should he impress on loan, they would have the opportunity to make the move permanent for £20million.
Tuanzebe has featured in 11 games for Aston Villa this campaign, nine of which have come in the Premier League.
The talented centre back has been highly rated by United fans but he has never been able to break through into the first-team on a permanent basis.
He made his debut for United as a 19-year-old back in January 2017, in a 4-0 victory over Wigan Athletic in the FA Cup.
Tuanzebe has previously failed to nail down a regular starting birth at Manchester United
Should he impress in southern Italy, Tuanzebe could put pen-to-paper on permanent move
Tuanzebe then went on to make his bow in the Champions League in October 2020, impressing in a 2-1 win over Paris Saint-Germain.
Ralf Rangnick currently has Eric Bailly, Victor Lindelof, Harry Maguire, Raphael Varane, and Phil Jones at his disposal in the centre back position, so game time for Tuanzebe would be hard to come by, should he return to Manchester.
The former England Under-21 international has a contract with the Red Devils until the summer of 2023, but he is unlikely to appear again in the red of United according to the reports in Italy.
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