Man Utd defender Axel Tuanzebe completes Napoli medical ahead of loan transfer after ending Aston Villa spell early

MANCHESTER UNITED star Axel Tuanzebe is on the verge of joining Napoli on loan.

The centre-back, 24, is set to move to the Serie A club until the end of the season.

He has completed a medical and Napoli hope to register him as a player by Saturday so that he can play against Sampdoria next Wednesday.

Tuanzebe is currently in Italy and is awaiting a visa, which Napoli are confident he will get in time according to the Manchester Evening News.

Napoli will pay United a £500,000 loan fee with an extra £500k potentially to be paid for bonuses, reports transfer guru Fabrizio Romano.

The switch to Napoli means Tuanzebe's season-long loan deal at Aston Villa will come to an end – despite previously wanting to make his stay permanent at Villa Park.

But Tuanzebe has played just eight minutes of football for Villa since Steven Gerrard arrived at the club.

And he will now move in search of more game time.

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The Red Devils are willing to let him leave despite a crisis in defence – Harry Maguire and Eric Bailly are currently injured and Victor Lindelof recently tested positive for Covid-19.

That meant Phil Jones was recalled to the starting line-up to face Wolves on Monday – his first United game in almost two years.

Meanwhile, there have been other exits from Old Trafford with Teden Mengi joining Birmingham on loan.

Ethan Laird has also signed on loan at Bournemouth after spending the first half of the season at Swansea.

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