AS Monaco transfer round-up: Disasi, Adarabioyo and Balogun

AS Monaco transfer Youssouf Fofana, Eliot Matazo and Axel Disasi in training for AS Monaco

While some departures have already been confirmed for the transfer window at AS Monaco this summer, many more are expected and there are several rumoured incomings too.

As announced by the club’s sporting director, Paul Mitchell, in a roundtable interview attended by Monaco Life last week, loanees Malang Sarr and Alexander Nübel will return to their parent clubs. The future of Thomas Didillon, on loan from satellite club Cercle Brugge, remains undecided. Further departures are expected this summer in what is expected to be a hectic window.

Axel Disasi – linked by L’Équipe to Manchester United

Disasi is the biggest name to be strongly linked with a departure. The France international has been coy when questioned about his future in recent weeks, and L’Équipe are reporting that Disasi is nearing a move to Premier League giants Manchester United, adding that the player himself has chosen the Old Trafford club as his preferred destination. Fabrizio Romano has, however, tempered the rumours, revealing that whilst there is interest from the Premier League club, Disasi is currently a Plan B option.

Tosin Adarabioyo – linked by RMC Sport to Monaco

Fulham defender Adarabioyo could replace Disasi at the heart of Monaco’s defence. Les Monégasques were linked with the Englishman back in January and the pairing could come to fruition this summer. There is uncertainty surrounding his contract situation with the Cottagers, meaning he could be a free agent. Otherwise, a fee between €10-15m is thought to be enough to convince the Premier League club to sell. Ligue 1 rivals Stade Rennais could provide competition for his signature.

Jesper Daland – linked by Monaco Life to Monaco

Daland has been heavily linked with a move to Monaco in recent months and even trained with the club during the World Cup break. Currently at satellite club Cercle Brugge, a move is now looking less likely. Monaco Life understands that Philippe Clement was particularly keen on the young centre-back, and with the Belgian manager no longer in the managerial hot seat, the chances of a summer switch have considerably decreased.

Kevin Volland – linked by Sky Sports Germany to Wolfsburg

Volland has endured a difficult campaign with Monaco and has had to deal with multiple injury setbacks. His future is one of many being called into question, especially given the fierce competition for starting positions in Monaco’s attack. According to Sky Sport’s Florian PlettenbergGerman clubs are interested in repatriating the striker. Bundesliga side Wolfsburg are notably interested in Volland, who has one year remaining on his deal with the Principality club.

Folarin Balogun – linked by Sky Sports to Monaco

Should Volland depart, Monaco could be in the market for a replacement. Elye Wahi has been heavily linked with a move to the Stade Louis II, but interest from Arsenal could make such a transfer impossible. However, should Montpellier’s Wahi land in London, that would threaten Balogun’s place at the club. Coming off the back of an impressive loan spell with Stade de Reims, the American international wouldn’t come cheap, especially given the competition for his signature, which comes in the form of RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt.

Édouard Mendy – linked by Nice-Matin to Monaco

Given Nübel’s departure, as well as the uncertainty surrounding Didillon’s future, Monaco will be in the market for at least one goalkeeper, potentially two. Mendy has fallen down the pecking order at Chelsea and, despite still having two years left on his current deal, could leave Stamford Bridge this summer. Royal Antwerp goalkeeper Jean Butez is an alternative option and it is also thought that the new manager will look at Radoslaw Majecki, who is returning from a loan spell at Cercle Brugge. Monaco Life understands that no talks have yet taken place over the Polish goalkeeper’s future.

And Youssouf Fofana?

Fofana, a stalwart of the Principality club, is expected to leave, but has seen interest decrease over recent weeks. Whilst it is still expected that the former Strasbourg midfielder will leave, there are currently no links circulating around the press.


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