Chelsea and Leeds have been handed a serious setback of their respective pursuits of Sergino Dest, as a report states Barcelona need to hold him in Spain.
Dest developed in Ajax’s famed academy earlier than gaining promotion to their senior aspect in September 2019. He made 38 appearances for the Dutch outfit, serving to them to win the home Tremendous Cup two years in the past.
The suitable-back’s spectacular shows within the Eredivisie earned him a switch to Barcelona in October 2020. They paid Ajax just below £24million for his companies.
Dest featured 44 occasions throughout his debut season on the Nou Camp. He confirmed versatility by working as a right-back, proper wing-back and left-back.
His place within the first staff got here beneath risk over the summer season as Barca reunited with serial winner Dani Alves.
USA worldwide Dest, who’s on 17 caps up to now, stays an essential participant beneath Xavi although. His file stands at three assists in 31 matches this time period, which incorporates 21 outings in La Liga.
Chelsea had been plotting a January switch for Dest to enhance Thomas Tuchel’s defensive choices. He probably would have turn out to be Reece James’ backup.
Chelsea couldn’t get a deal over the road and the 21-year-old remained in Catalonia. They nonetheless maintain an curiosity, though it has cooled considerably.
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Extra lately it has been Leeds pursuing Dest. In late March, TEAMtalk solely revealed the Whites to be getting ready to maneuver for him.
Additionally they need Pink Bull Salzburg midfielder Brenden Aaronson. It’s thought the 2 People may work effectively with compatriot and coach Jesse Marsch.
ESPN present an replace on Dest’s scenario at Barca, and it’s dangerous information for Chelsea and Leeds. They declare the Holland-born defender has ‘turned his scenario round’ on the membership and is now more likely to keep.
Xavi had reservations early on about whether or not he may minimize it on the high degree in Spain. However coaching laborious and good performances on the pitch have seen Dest earn the belief of his supervisor.
As such, Barca now view him as a member of their long-term plan, which additionally consists of the likes of Pedri and Gavi.
ESPN state Barca are open to promoting a few of their first-team gamers if the correct charge is obtainable. The massive debt has pressured their hand on this regard.
Nonetheless, Dest has a future with the Blaugrana and can subsequently value Chelsea or Leeds huge cash, ought to they launch a transfer.
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