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Report: Club rejects bid for young Arsenal-linked 6ft 3in defender, holding out for £13.5m

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Report: Club rejects bid for young Arsenal-linked 6ft 3in defender, holding out for £13.5m

Reported Arsenal target Axel Disasi has been the subject of interest from several teams this summer but, to date, no suitor appears to have made a breakthrough.

According to a report in the Daily Mail from April, the Gunners have scouted the Reims defender since the start of the season and had an initial approach rejected by the Ligue 1 side in December.

Goal.com, meanwhile, claimed that Arsenal had moved to ensure they will be involved in the conversations over Disasi – whose contract expires in June next year – by getting in touch with his club.

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Since those reports, fellow Premier League side Southampton have emerged as suitors, along with Ligue 1 outfit Monaco, and according to L’Equipe, the principality club made a move for the 22-year-old earlier this week.

However, an offer of €12million (around £10.8milion) was reportedly turned down, with Reims seeking €15million (around £13.5million) and the Saints being the only side currently offering that amount, and Monaco have seemingly chosen not to up their bid.

 

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Last season, Disasi -a 6ft 3in centre-back who can also feature at right-back and who likes to play the ball and contribute further up the pitch – formed an integral part of a Reims defence which conceded only 21 goals in 28 matches.

The Paris FC academy graduate made 32 appearances in all competitions for Reims in 2019-20 and has been capped three times at France Under-20 level, though he is also eligible to play for DR Congo.

The Gunners have struggled in defence for much of the season and, though Mikel Arteta will have William Saliba, Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares and David Luiz at the Emirates Stadium next term, there is still potential for the back line to be bolstered further, particularly if there are departures.

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