chelsea are looking to sign Sergino Dest from Barcelona with the defender also a target for Manchester United, and the Blues would have an advantage over their Premier League rivals in their bid to land the American. New owner Todd Boehly has been busy since taking over, signing Raheem Sterling and Marc Cucurella while pursuing Wesley Fofana.
If the new American owner can secure a deal for Leicester defender Fofana, which could cost between £80m and £85m, the Londoners’ summer spending will reach just under £200m for the trio. But there, they are far from over.
The DailyMirror say Barcelona’s 21-year-old full-back Dest is another player on their radar. It’s with the Catalan giants currently in negotiations with Chelsea to secure the signing of Marcos Alonso.
Marcos Alonso was left out of the matchday squad as Chelsea beat Everton at Goodison Park on Saturday night, with Ben Chilwell starting at left-back and Cucurella making his debut as a substitute. The Spaniard is due to join Barca shortly.
But as Alonso will arrive at the Nou Camp, fellow defender Dest has been told he can leave. The Netherlands-born USA international is under contract for another three years but is not a player Xavi intends to rely on and is therefore free to find a new club as the heavyweights of the La Liga are looking for £17m.
Selling Dest is a priority for Barca as they look to ease their financial issues in order to register their new signings with La Liga. The report adds that Erik ten Hag is keen for Dest to have worked with the full-back at Ajax, where he made 38 first-team appearances before joining Barca in October 2020 for an initial fee of 17.7. million pounds.
Still, it is claimed that Chelsea are sending Alonso to Spain meaning Chelsea have an advantage over United in their attempts to land Dest. It is claimed that a move is expected within the next 48 hours as they seek to release money as quickly as possible.
United have been looking to sign Frenkie de Jong from Barcelona all summer but have so far been thwarted in their attempts despite agreeing a fee for the player. Chelsea are a club that could hijack the Dutchman’s move and are believed to prefer a link with Thomas Tuchel’s side as they have Champions League football.
Dest can play on either side of defence, but if he joins Chelsea he will be expected to primarily serve as a backup for Reece James given that both Chilwell and Cucurella can play on the left. Dest could even be deployed as a more advanced right-handed attacker if needed.
Should United win the race for Dest despite Chelsea’s advantage, he would also primarily act as a right-back for Diogo Dalot with Aaron Wan-Bissaka free to leave Old Trafford on loan. The Red Devils signed Tyrell Malacia from Feyenoord in the summer to rival Luke Shaw on the left.
Tuchel confirmed after Chelsea’s win at Everton that he wants more signings. He told Sky Sports: “If we can add, we will add. Maybe not necessarily midfielders as the first option, but we are open to anything. I hope to use some new energy and some new input to take us to a new level. I think we could use a little more input and a little more quality.”
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