Over the past few days, the idea that Axel Tuanzebe could head to Napoli has been growing in strength in Italy.

The Manchester United defender is currently on loan at Aston Villa, where he hasn’t managed to gain regular football, whether it be under Dean Smith or Steven Gerrard.

With Kalidou Koulibaly heading to the Africa Cup of Nations with Senegal and Kostas Manolas sold to Olympiakos, Napoli turned their attention to the centre-back in order to plug a gap, and it appears to be heading in the right direction.

One of the main issues was whether Manchester United would be able to recall him from Aston Villa, but TuttoMercatoWeb suggest that has been the case, as Tuanzebe is ‘ever closer to Napoli’.

In fact, both the Red Devils and the Serie A side are ‘defining the final details’ regarding the purchase fee at the end of the loan following Villa’s ‘green light for the early termination’ of their own deal.

TuttoMercatoWeb go even as far as saying that Napoli are ‘working to close the deal by Sunday’, which would be a loan with a right to buy him.