Chelsea has completed the signing of France international defender Axel Disasi from Monaco in a £38.8 million deal.
The 25-year-old, who had two years remaining on his Monaco contract, signed a six-year contract at Stamford Bridge.
Disasi told Chelsea's website: "I am really proud to be able to be a part of this great family.
"I hope to achieve very big things here. To win titles. I will do everything I can to achieve those objectives. I am very ambitious."
Axel is ready to get to it! ? pic.twitter.com/EQFipRjBnw— Chelsea FC (@ChelseaFC) August 4, 2023
Co-sporting directors Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley added: "Axel has showcased his quality over several seasons in France and that has deservedly led to recognition on the international stage.
"He is ready to take the next step in his career and we are delighted that will be with Chelsea.
"We welcome him to the club and look forward to him joining up with Mauricio Pochettino and his new teammates in the days ahead."
Disasi becomes Chelsea’s sixth signing of the summer under new manager Mauricio Pochettino, following the acquisitions of Nicolas Jackson, Christopher Nkunku, Lesley Ugochukwu, Diego Moreira and Angelo Gabriel.
The centre-back will provide the Blues defensive cover at Stamford Bridge after Wesley Fofana sustained a serious knee injury.
He will compete with fellow central defenders Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah, and Levi Colwill, who signed a new deal on 2 August, for a place in Pochettino's starting XI since compatriot Benoit Badiashile is still recovering from a hamstring injury suffered at the end of last season and Fofana is expected to be sidelined for several months.
Disasi moved to Monaco from Reims in August 2020, where he spent four years and made 129 appearances.
He has played four times for France, including featuring as a substitute in the 2022 World Cup final defeat against Argentina.
Monaco sanctioned his move to the Bridge having secured his replacement Mohammed Salisu from Southampton this month.