Newcastle United approach £34m star who’s been contacted by Manchester United

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Newcastle United and Manchester United are exploring a deal for the French defender.

Newcastle United have reportedly held talks with the representatives of Monaco defender Axel Disasi.

The 25-year-old has established himself as a key player at the Ligue 1 club since joining from Reims for £10million in the summer of 2020.

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Disasi has gone on to make over 125 appearances in all competitions and his form last season earned him a maiden call-up to senior France squad. He became the first French international debutant during a World Cup since 1966.

Monaco defender Axel Disasi. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)Monaco defender Axel Disasi. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images)
Monaco defender Axel Disasi. (Photo by SEBASTIEN SALOM-GOMIS/AFP via Getty Images) | AFP via Getty Images

The centre-back has been linked with several clubs around Europe in recent months but transfer expert Fabrizio Romano claims both Newcastle and Manchester United are ‘exploring’ a move.

The Magpies and Man United have approached Disasi’s side but neither club is yet to open talks with Monaco. The French club reportedly value Disasi at around £34m.

Romano tweeted: “Newcastle and Manchester United are both exploring Disasi deal, no bids yet Newcastle approached player side this week, expected to make contact with Monaco. Ten Hag approved Disasi — talks for weeks on player side but still waiting for approach with Monaco.”

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United head coach Eddie Howe has identified central defence as an area to strengthen this summer. Disasi, who is right-footed, would likely rival Fabian Schar for a starting spot.

Newcastle are also understood to have shown an interest in Fulham defender Tosin Adarabioyo. The former Manchester City youngster could be available on a cut-price deal after turning down a new contract, which expires in 12 months.

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