Reims president Jean-Pierre Caillot suggested to the French media they have an interesting offer for Axel Disasi from England, amid links to Arsenal.

Reims' French defender Axel Disasi (C) vies with Angers' French midfielder Thomas Mangani (R) during the French L1 football match between Angers (SCO) and Reims (SR) on Febuary 1, 2020, at the Raymond-Kopa Stadium in Angers, northwestern France. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP via Getty Images)
Reims’ defender Axel Disasi (C) vies with Angers’ Thomas Mangani (R) on Febuary 1, 2020. (Photo by JEAN-FRANCOIS MONIER/AFP via Getty Images)

The Reims president was speaking to L’Equipe about Axel Disasi and his future this summer. Most recently, the media linked the centre-back with a €15m move to Real Betis, but Jean-Pierre Caillot doesn’t give those rumours much credence.

Instead, he hinted to L’Equipe that the most likely destination for Disasi is the Premier League.

“As I speak, he has little chance of going to Spain,” Caillot explained. “We have more interesting offers from other championships. I advise you to read the foreign press and especially English.”

For a while, the English media focused on Arsenal’s interest in Disasi. Plenty of reliable sources confirmed that the Gunners were following the centre-back, including Charles Watts of Goal and David Ornstein of The Athletic.

However, they aren’t in the only English club in the race anymore. Recently, the Daily Mail reported that Southampton are confident of beating Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur to the signing.

The Reims president didn’t specifically make it clear which report in the English media he was referring to. It’s possible he meant the Arsenal or the Southampton links, but more likely he deliberately stayed vague to encourage both to push harder for a deal.

Disasi made 32 appearances in all competitions this season, helping Reims keep the best defensive record in Ligue 1. He’s a France u20 international but yet to make his senior debut.

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