Man Utd out to beat Chelsea to Sergino Dest transfer and ‘could offer Diogo Dalot to Barcelona in swap deal’


MANCHESTER UNITED will reportedly offer Barcelona a swap in order to sign right-back Sergino Dest.

Reports in Spain suggest the Red Devils could use Diogo Dalot as a makeweight to sign the American.

Barcelona are keen to cash in on the defender as they desperately bid to balance the books for the season ahead.

A figure of around £17million is understood to be enough to Dest this summer.

But Catalan outlet Sport claim United are considering testing the waters with a swap deal involving Dalot.

SunSport understands Dalot is unlikely to leave Old Trafford having started the season as Erik ten Hag’s first-choice right-back.

And given, Barca’s crippling money issues, the LaLiga giants would prefer a cash deal.

Barcelona have seen a well-documented pursuit of Chelsea’s Cesar Azpilicueta end in failure after the Spaniard signed a new two-year deal at Stamford Bridge.

Earlier on Friday the club announced they were selling off a further 24.5 per cent of Barca studios in order to raise £85m.

However, they are desperate to see the back of a number of players, with La Liga refusing to allow them to register several squad members who have either signed contract renewals or who are new arrivals.

The Blaugrana are currently far in excess of La Liga’s wage rules, and it could consequently mean the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, and Ousmane Dembele might not be able to be registered.

Indeed the situation is so bad they may be forced to release Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen after the pair signed on free transfers over the summer.

It is why the club have reportedly given Frenkie de Jong an ultimatum to either leave the club in a deal to join either Manchester United or Chelsea or told him to cut his wages.

They have even threatened legal action against him if he doesn’t revert back to his pre-2020 contract with the club after the new board allegedly found “evidence of criminality” from the old board.

Dest broke into the Ajax first team under Erik ten Hag’s tenure, so it makes sense why United would harbour an interest in him.

United cannot recruit another player at right-back without first getting rid of one of the two they have.

And it is Aaron Wan-Bissaka who seems more likely to leave this summer having fallen out of favour.

He is rumoured to be courting interest on a loan move to Crystal Palace.

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