Barcelona have had a hand to play in this winter transfer window, with a number of names looking to be on their way out under Xavi’s complete rebuild of the Blaugrana. A number of names were apparent: old, ageing, and demotivated players that found themselves entirely out of Xavi’s plans; Coutinho, Umtiti, Luuk de Jong.
Some others, however, have been puzzling rumours. Bright, young prospects who simply haven’t found their footing. One such player is Sergino Dest, who is reportedly on Chelsea’s radar after being transfer listed, as per SPORT.
The Champions League winners are pushing to sign the American, and will do everything in their power to complete the transfer if he is allowed to leave Barcelona.
Dest has, for long, been a target for Bayern Munich, who were after the youngster’s signature prior to his move to Barcelona. Despite links with the German club forming once again, several other clubs have declared their interest for the fullback, including Atletico Madrid and Chelsea.
The London club is likely anticipating a complete remodelling of their backline for next season, seeing as both Andreas Christensen, Rudiger, and Cesar Azpilicueta will have completed their contracts at the onset of the 2022/23 season.
The youngster, however, appears to be determined to find a place in the starting XI as he begins to recover from a host of injuries, as per the report.
In either case, interest from the former European champions is undoubtedly likely to spark a conversation. Barcelona are hoping to break even on the investment and are thus looking to sell the defender for at least €20 million, although negotiations are on the table.
It is somewhat confusing as to why Dest finds himself out of Xavi’s plans, considering that his profile so closely matches that of the fullback necessary for the Barcelona style.
Despite the signing of Dani Alves, it was always assumed that the American was the long term prospect for the Blaugrana. This sentiment is reportedly shared among many in the Barcelona sporting department, who have cautioned Xavi that selling the defender could prove to be a mistake.