Napoli agree a loan fee worth up to £1m for Man Utd's Tuanzebe

Napoli agree a loan fee worth up to £1m for Manchester United defender Axel Tuanzebe after his spell at Aston Villa was cut short

  • Axel Tuanzebe had been on loan at Aston Villa for the 2021-22 campaign
  • But his loan spell has been cut short so he can join Napoli on a similar deal
  • Napoli will pay initial £500,000 for the deal with performance related add-ons

Napoli have agreed to pay Manchester United a £500,000 loan fee for Axel Tuanzebe following the end of his loan spell at Aston Villa.

Tuanzebe cut short his loan at Villa Park to join the Italian side until the end of the current campaign. 

Napoli will pay a further £333,000 should they qualify for the Champions League plus an extra £165,000 if Tuanzebe hits a set amount of appearances. 

Axel Tuanzebe’s loan spell at Aston Villa for the 2021-22 season has been cut short

Tuanzebe, 24, had joined Villa for a third loan spell at the start of the season but following just six appearances now looks to be out of favour following the arrival of new manager Steven Gerrard.

There does not appear to be an option to purchase the defender on behalf of Napoli at the end of the agreement.

Villa now want another back-up centre back as they look to plug a defence that has shipped 30 goals this term and led to them already losing 11 Premier League games – only Watford and Norwich City have lost more.

The defender has not found favour under Steven Gerrard and will instead join Napoli

Manchester United meanwhile will not sanction a deal to allow Donny van de Beek to leave Old Trafford in January.

Van de Beek, 24, has endured a torrid spell at Old Trafford since making a £40million switch from Ajax in 2020, with the Dutchman rarely used by former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.

The midfielder had been linked with a January loan move to Everton or Wolves, but Rangnick’s arrival saw hopes renewed that Van de Beek may finally get his chance at Old Trafford.

However, he has made just one start under Rangnick – against Young Boys in their Champions League dead rubber – and has played a total of six minutes in the Premier League with the new boss in charge.

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