Manchester United are still interested in a move for defender Axel Disasi, reports Fabrizio Romano.

We have seen Manchester United are finally getting busy in the transfer market with a deal for Mason Mount confirmed last week.

A goalkeeper and striker are the next top priorities, so where might that leave the much-speculated move for another defender?

With question marks hovering over Harry Maguire’s future, Manchester United might need extra cover as a replacement. There is now an update on the situation relating to potential addition Axel Disasi.

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Axel Disasi update

According to Fabrizio Romano, a move for Axel Disasi is still on the agenda, however, there is competition from Newcastle.

He reports that Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag has given the deal his seal of approval.

He said: “Ten Hag approved Disasi — talks for weeks on player side but still waiting for approach with Monaco.”

There is a strong risk Manchester United are overtaken on this particular deal, with Newcastle looking to take a more proactive approach.

He adds: “Newcastle approached player side this week, expected to make contact with Monaco.”

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Manchester United need to sell

This deal is only likely to move forward on Manchester United’s side when Harry Maguire is sold. This would both free up squad space, and release funds.

However, by time this happens, Newcastle may already have made their move and tied up a deal for the France international.

Manchester United’s hands are currently tied with trying to secure moves for Andre Onana and Rasmus Hojlund. The club can barely juggle two – let alone three.

Disasi was a second choice to Kim Min-Jae, who has since joined Bayern Munich. L’Equipe previously reported United are keen on the Frenchman, who would cost around £44 million, however, other options like Nice defender Jean-Clair Todibo may have to come into sharper focus instead.

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