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Saints Leading The Race To Sign Central Defender
Saturday, 2nd May 2020 09:39

The transfer window is nearing and the speculation is mounting and according to the latest reports we are in pole position to sign a central defender from France.

I have to say from the start as I do most times when the transfer window is not open, that many players clubs are linked with are no more than agents trying to push their clients and the media trying to generate traffic when there is little concrete news available.

But we can't just ignore all rumours as some will be have more substance than others, so I have to try and troll though Saints rumours and try to see which ones might actually have a chance of happening.

That is sometimes not easy, but we all know the positions that Saints are looking at and the type of player they look to sign and this one fits that bill.

The man in question is Reims defender Axel Disasi.

A few days ago some media outlets were suggesting that he was the man that Arsenal were looking to sign, but now the headlines are changing and several are now saying that Saints are winning the race to sign him and indeed are"confident" of doing so.

Disasi has just turned 22 and at 6ft 3 is described as a right footed central defender who can also play at right back.

He is French born of Congolese descent and his agent is described as relatives.

He signed for Reims in 2017 and his contract runs out next summer so it looks like the player himself is keen for a big move and therefore will be available at a decent price.

That price is said to be around £13 million.

In his first season at the club Reims were in Ligue 2 and he was a fringe player in the squad that won promotion, in his second season with the club in Ligue 1 he struggled to get game time, but was a virtual ever present as an unused sub.

But this season he made the breakthrough and has played in just about every game up to the suspension of football.

On the face of it he looks a reasonable punt for Saints, but there is the fact that he has actually played so little football, only 31 games in Ligue 1 in France and 3 caps for the French U20 side.

So from this respect he is a little untried, that might suggest that this rumour at least at this price is a little speculative, someone is trying to push up the value by linking clubs to him and that suggests that Reims themselves are resigned to losing the player and therefore their representatives are pushing this one.

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saintmark1976 added 10:33 - May 2
Genuine question Nick. As I posted on April 26 when you suggested we had an interest in a player from Italy. How exactly are we going to be able to pay for anybody given:-

1. Our owners will not put any of their own money into the club.

2. At some point in time a refund needs to be offered to 20000 season ticket holders to compensate for the four outstanding home games in the current season which they will be unable to attend.

3. Who is going to buy a ticket for next season given that the likelihood of being able to attend at St Mary's any time soon appears to be remote to say the least.

4. Considerable numbers of people will not be able to attend next season due to their income being reduced because of business failures and unemployment.

5. Our last financial results show a loss of £35 million pounds even with ticket and associated commercial income.

6. No other club appears interested in the players we have on fat salaries and wish to sell.


underweststand added 10:49 - May 2
well as your column is about Axel Disasi, I'll forgo any comment on saintsmark's post above

just looking at him (You Tube clips) if he has anything like Wanyama's build ....and only half of VvD's talent ....I'll start a collection today.

highfield49 added 11:11 - May 2
Whilst accepting saintmark's doubts about transfer cash being available we are in a strong position to offer Reims the option of several players in exchange, or part exchange, for Disasi. The potential stumbling block of wage differentials could possibly be offset by elements of subsidy and stage payments. What I'm effectively saying is that new players could be brought in with a bit of creative negotiation. What is pretty obvious though is that we can't afford to waste resources on another lump of deadwood, fingers crossed for the arrival of the type of player we have waited three years to secure.

the_saint added 13:53 - May 2
I just cant get my head around football clubs spending millions of pounds in transfers when the worlds economics is crumbling and we are heading for a world recession, I for one have now opened my eyes to how corrupt and ridiculous the game has got and after spending so much precious time with my wife and children will not be returning to the game I once loved.

SaintPaulVW added 16:47 - May 2
He could be funded by flogging Hojo to spuds.

Like StMark I can't see how he can be purchased by other means. 3 months deferred wages also needs to be factored in to our outgoings next year.

underweststand added 15:30 - May 3
Unloading Carrillo and Co. will save around £12 million a year in future salaries regardless of the fees we get back. IF PEH were to go that would be a big bonus and some of the other players we are " supposedly interested in" will likely be OOC , or free transfers.

Despite the announced £30 million loss we have been declaring profits in the last few seasons. We may be in better shape than a few of the "bigger clubs " . Everton declared a loss of £111 million , and Chelsea were not much better.
As both of their respective owners made their fortunes in the oil business , i wonder how much they will make available for a transfer fund - as oil is at an all time low at present.

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