Transfer news: Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag wants to take over Sergino Dest from Barcelona
According to the Spanish outlet Nacional (h/t Manchester Evening News), Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag wants to take over Sergino Dest from Barcelona to provide Diogo Dalot with competition next season.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka hasn’t been this impressive since joining the Red Devils from Crystal Palace. While trusted by Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Ralf Rangnick came in and things started to change.
Diogo Dalot is talented and can do a solid job, but he will need competition next season and Sergino Dest would be an ideal option to compete with him. It remains to be seen what Erik ten Hag would think about Wan-Bissaka.
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Dest joined from Ajax to Barcelona in 2020 and has shown glimpses of his potential while playing for the Catalan club. However, he has always been prone to injuries and tends to have a fault in him.
It’s normal for a 21-year-old to be like this and there’s no denying that the US international has constantly learned and improved his skills at Barcelona during his time there.
Erik ten Hag would have seen Dest play first hand during their time at Amsterdam with the talented American who made his name while playing for the Eredivisie champions under our current manager.
It has been claimed that the Red Devils may have to pay £17million for the American’s services and Erik ten Hag has apparently asked the board to negotiate with Barcelona and sign the player.
We seem to be on good terms with Barcelona this season as we were already negotiating with them about Frenkie de Jong and Sergino Dest could now also be part of those discussions. The Spanish club may not want to sell the fullback.
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Xavi Hernandez saw the USMNT star show signs of improvement under him last season. In addition, Dani Alves left their club this summer.
It’s not easy to get a talented right-back in the current market and it remains to be seen what stance Barcelona will take on Dest.