Two-year Tottenham chase revealed as Antonio Conte’s side battle Spanish club for Axel Disasi capture

Monaco players Axel Disasi and Aurelien Tchouameni

Tottenham have pursued French centre-back Axel Disasi for two years and are now rivalling Atletico Madrid for his capture, according to a report.

Disasi spent time in the Paris FC academy before joining Stade Reims in July 2016. He went on to make 53 appearances for the French club, registering two goals.

Disasi, a former France U21 international, left Stade Reims for Monaco in August 2020. Monaco paid £11.7million for the defender’s signature, as per transfermarkt.

He featured 35 times during his debut season at Monaco, helping them finish third in Ligue 1 on 78 points. Only Paris Saint-Germain and Lille were better than them in the French top flight that season.

Disasi became more important for Monaco during the recently concluded campaign. He played in 45 games across all competitions and captained the side on several occasions.

They finished third in the league again but didn’t manage to improve on their points tally, picking up 69 rather than 78.

Disasi is now 24 and has matured lots over the past two seasons. He is emerging into one of the best central defenders in Ligue 1, and this could result in a move this summer.

Sport Witness, who cite Spanish outlet Marca, claim he is a target for both Tottenham and Atletico Madrid. Both teams are hoping to improve their defensive options in the summer window, explaining the interest.

Spurs’ Axel Disasi hunt goes back to 2020

Tottenham have reportedly been after him for two years. They were in the picture for his signing during his Stade Reims days, only to be beaten to the move by Monaco.

The Premier League club have kept an eye on his development and are now ready to begin transfer talks once again, this time with Monaco.

Diego Simeone’s Atletico are also interested in Disasi, setting up a potential transfer tussle.

However, Spurs have an advantage which could help them beat Atletico to the punch. The La Liga outfit must sell one or two players before sending an offer to Monaco.

Spurs have some funds available and therefore don’t have to do this, meaning they are in a strong position to land Disasi.

He would be a good option to increase Conte’s options at the back. However, he is unlikely to actually strengthen the first team.

Conte has improved Eric Dier and Ben Davies, helping them to form a solid back three with Cristian Romero. Disasi is unlikely to interrupt this selection, which means he could simply be a bench warmer in north London.

Meanwhile, Spurs are reportedly making progress as they attempt to sign an Everton attacker.