Pole position: Man Utd told fee needed to sign “complete” defender; Old Trafford chiefs excited

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Axel Disasi, a defender for AS Monaco, will cost Manchester United £40 million, according to a report by Football Insider.

Due to injuries to Raphael Varane and Lisandro Martinez, Erik ten Hag is currently short on center backs moving into the final stretch. As a result, Harry Maguire and Victor Lindelof started the most recent Premier League match against Nottingham Forest.

However, with Maguire and Lindelof two players that Ten Hag has authorized to be sold, it might be a busy summer at Old Trafford in the transfer market. That would imply that the need for reinforcements in the summer, with Disasi and Kim Min-Jae of Napoli at the top of United’s defensive wishlist.

According to reports, the Red Devils are in a strong position to sign the France international, with Old Trafford’s hiring managers thrilled about a player they view as a rising star with enormous potential.

Football Insider has published a new update on Disasi and his potential transfer to Manchester, noting that Monaco are willing to sell the 25-year-old this summer as long as their £40 million asking price is reached.

Although Chelsea and Manchester City are also mentioned as having interest in the defender, the most recent information indicates that United is still in the lead.

Is Disasi Old Trafford’s defensive solution?

Disasi, who Jacek Kulig, a talent scout, characterized as a “complete” defender, is predominantly a center-back but, should he transfer to Manchester, would also offer a flexible option at right-back.

He has a career-high €25 million Transfermarkt valuation and appears to be at the pinnacle of his abilities. He has been a regular for Monaco this season, bringing his total appearances to 122 after playing 42 times in 2022–23.

The 6-foot-2 defender, who has assisted on an astounding 10 goals so far this season, would also pose a goal danger at Old Trafford. In fact, according to WhoScored, Disasi has outperformed every Red Devils center-back.

The Monaco player leads all United players in average aerial duels won and also leads the Ligue 1 team in interceptions and clearances made per game. Therefore, Disasi could prove to be another wise acquisition by Ten Hag ahead of his second season in charge for £40m, a sum you’d expect is within the club’s pricing range.

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