Axel Tuanzebe set for Man Utd return as Napoli snub permanent transfer for on-loan defender

NAPOLI are ready to reject a permanent deal for Manchester United centre-back Axel Tuanzebe after he flopped on loan.

The injury-hit star, 24, has hardly played since moving to Italy in January.

So the former England Under-21 ace faces another uncertain summer.

Tuanzebe has had THREE loan spells with Aston Villa since 2018.

And after failing to impress in Serie A this term he is unlikely to be in the plans of incoming Old Trafford boss Erik ten Hag.

Calciomercato say Napoli have decided not to turn Tuanzebe's half-season on loan into a purchase after he managed just one top-flight appearance.

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It comes after Corriere dello Sport suggested the Italians instead fancy TWO Southampton central defenders.

Napoli believe Poland ace Jan Bendarek, 26, and uncapped Ghanaian Mohammed Salisu, 23, would offer more power at the back.

Tuanzebe is under contract at United until 2023 after signing a two-year deal last summer.

And ironically, central defence will be one of Ten Hag's problem areas when he arrives at Old Trafford from Ajax.

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Under-fire Harry Maguire was rested last Saturday and has now picked up a knee injury that United fear could end his campaign.

But starting pair Victor Lindelof and Raphael Varane hardly pushed their own claims as Arsenal won 3-1.

So it's understandable United ar oin the race to sign Chelsea's Antonio Rudiger.

Juventus and especially Real Madrid are also keen on the German, 29, with the Spaniards hot favourites and said to be preparing his medical.

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