Chelsea agree £38.5m deal to sign France defender Axel Disasi from Monaco

Axel Disasi - Chelsea agree £38.5m deal to sign France defender Axel Disasi from Monaco

France defender Axel Disasi has been on the radar of several clubs this year – Getty Images/Ina Fassbender

Chelsea are set to sign France defender Axel Disasi in a deal worth almost £40 million after reaching an agreement with AS Monaco.

The £38.5 million move for Disasi, 25, follows the long-term knee injury suffered by Wesley Fofana earlier this summer.

Telegraph Sport reported earlier this month that Chelsea were strongly considering entering the transfer market for a new defender after Fofana ruptured his anterior cruciate ligament.

Disasi, who has made four appearances for France, has previously caught the eye of Manchester United and is a former team-mate of Chelsea defender Benoit Badiashile.

The Frenchman will become Chelsea’s fifth summer signing, after Christopher Nkunku (£52 million), Nicolas Jackson (£32 million), Brazilian winger Angelo (£13 million) and Portuguese teenager Diego Moreira (free).

Injuries to Fofana and Badiashile have left Chelsea short of options in the centre of their defence, where Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah and Levi Colwill are Mauricio Pochettino’s currently available senior players. Youngster Bashir Humphreys, aged 20, has been featuring regularly in pre-season so far.

Colwill’s future has been a source of constant speculation this summer, with Brighton keen to sign him on a permanent basis after his impressive loan spell on the south coast last season.

Chelsea have so far refused to entertain any offers for Colwill, though, despite knowing that allowing him to join Brighton would help in their pursuit of Moises Caicedo.

Caicedo remains Chelsea’s top summer target but they are yet to meet Brighton’s valuation of the player, which is believed to be around £100 million. Chelsea’s latest offer, worth £80 million, was immediately rejected by Brighton last week.

Romeo Lavia is another midfielder that Chelsea have shown interest in, although they will have to outmuscle Liverpool in the race for the Southampton teenager. Southampton are understood to value the Belgium international at around £50 million.

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