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Wolves looking at French defender Axel Disasi

Wolves are interested in highly-rated Stade Reims defender Axel Disasi, the Express & Star understands.

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French outlet L’Equipe have stated that Wolves have tabled a £13.5million offer for the 22-year-old.

Though reports of a bid are understood to be premature, the club are thought to be monitoring him closely – along with several other clubs.

Disasi, having helped Reims rise to sixth in Ligue 1 this past season, is said to have a lot of suitors, with Arsenal and Tottenham also linked with the centre-half.

His contract with the French club expires in the summer of 2021, and Spanish side Sevilla are also said to be interested.

Reims president Jean-Pierre Calliot said recently that England is his most likely destination while Wolves draw up a list of potential recruits for the next transfer window – whenever that may be.

“I’m not surprised by Sevilla’s interest,” said Calliot.

“We know that they have been watching all year round. They know him well. I know the interest of Sevilla, of course. There are conversations, logically. But it will not be easy.

“At this time, and if there is nothing new, the player is closer to the Premier League. Can it be Arsenal? Can be.

“But I am not saying more about it because it is confidential data.

“They have called us from Germany; from Italy, too. In the Premier League, there are several clubs that want him.

“And in Spain, as well as Seville, there are some more.”

Disasi helped Reims to the Ligue 2 title in 2017/18. He also played an integral part in Reims having the best defensive record in the French top flight before this season was halted because of the coronavirus outbreak, too, with them conceding only 21 goals in 28 games.

Wolves are also still looking to sign 22-year-old goalkeeper Matija Sarkic upon the end of his contract at rivals Villa.

The club are keen on bringing in the 22-year-old Montenegro international on a free transfer, with a view to sending him out on loan to gain more senior experience.

Sarkic has not played for Villa’s first team, but he did well during a loan spell at Scottish Premiership side Livingston in the first half of this season.

He is not thought to have been offered a new deal by Villa, so Wolves would not be required to pay any compensation to Dean Smith’s side.

Sarkic is also believed to have offers from a few clubs on the table, but Wolves are his preferred destination.