Manchester United and Barcelona are reportedly negotiating a deal for Sergino Dest, with the Red Devils offering Diogo Dalot in partial exchange.
According to a report by Spanish publication SPORT, Manchester United and Barcelona are in the midst of negotiations over a potential Sergino Dest move in the current transfer window. The Red Devils have offered Portugal full-back Diogo Dalot in a partial swap deal involving the 21-year-old defender.
Sergino Dest has been at Barcelona for almost two years. But the former Ajax defender failed to cement his starting spot for the Blaugrana over the past two seasons, his stature dwindling since Xavi Hernandez took over from Ronald Koeman last year.
The 21-year-old has registered three goals and four assists in 72 appearances so far for Barcelona. But with Barcelona looking to secure the services of a right-back this summer, Dest’s fate seemed to be sealed at Camp Nou during the summer transfer window. While Cesar Azpilicueta won’t arrive at the Catalan club, Dest still faces an uncertain future with Manchester United keen to sign him.
Manchester United’s interest comes from inconsistencies from Diogo Dalot and Aaron Wan-Bissaka. While the first struggles in the defensive phases, the second offers nothing in the final third, accentuating the need for Manchester United to invest in a right side this summer.
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Dest has thus become a viable target for Manchester United, with Erik ten Hag looking to reunite with the 21-year-old defender at Old Trafford. But instead of shelling out Barcelona’s asking price for the USMNT international, Manchester United will look to engineer a partial swap deal to sign him.
The Red Devils have offered Dalot to sign Dest, with the Portuguese full-back oddly surplus to requirements at Old Trafford despite the uncertainties surrounding Wan-Bissaka’s future, according to SPORT. The swap between Manchester United and Barcelona seems ideal but the Catalan giants are unlikely to accept the offer.
It will be interesting to see if Manchester United make a more serious offer to sign the 21-year-old defender as he continues to face an uncertain future at Camp Nou. But the partial swap deal involving Dalot and Dest is unlikely to see the light of day.