Man Utd transfer news: Napoli hold surprise talks that affect Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa | Football | Sport

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Napoli have opened talks with Manchester United over the signing of Aston Villa loanee Axel Tuanzebe. The Red Devils centre-back is currently trying to gain some senior Premier League experience at Villa Park but his game time has been limited this season.

They were sitting pretty, unbeaten at the top of the pile but have since suffered three straight home defeats to Atalanta, Empoli and Spezia.

Tuanzebe’s chance of making the grade at United appear to be falling by the wayside.

He remains highly rated at Old Trafford but the capture of Raphael Varane this summer from Real Madrid saw him fall further down the pecking order.

Even still, he was already jostling the likes of Eric Bailly and Victor Lindelof for a place in the side alongside Harry Maguire, prior to Varane’s arrival.

The young defender could also take inspiration from a number of English stars that have turned their back on the Premier League to further their career.

That includes his former United team-mate Chris Smalling, who is playing for Roma.

Tammy Abraham is also playing his football at the Stadio Olimpico while Ainsley Maitland-Niles could potentially join him.

Fikayo Tomori is also now widely regarded as one of the best centre-backs in Serie A as he continues to shine with AC Milan.





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