Potential transfer revenge as Chelsea lead race for exciting wing-back deal

Transfer rumours between Chelsea and Barcelona are not just heading in one direction after a report revealed the Blues’ interest in Sergino Dest.

Barcelona have been credited with an interest in several Chelsea players recently. They have been linked with captain Cesar Azpilicueta, while their interest in attacking midfielder Hakim Ziyech has also been confirmed.

Christian Pulisic could also be an option to make a transfer from Stamford Bridge to Camp Nou.

But Chelsea are now showing an interest in a player Barcelona currently have. According to Sport, the Blues are suitors for full-back Dest.

Dest joined Barca from Ajax in October 2020. He made 41 appearances across all competitions in his debut season, scoring three goals. However, he is beginning to fall out of favour.

Xavi recently persuaded Barca to bring back his veteran former teammate Dani Alves to the club. The Brazilian is competing for Dest’s place and appears to have Xavi’s trust more.

Therefore, Barcelona would not be opposed to letting the USA international depart. However, they are willing to wait until the summer, rather than January, to offload him.

When the time comes, Sport believe Chelsea will be suitors. They wanted to strengthen at right-back in the summer, when Achraf Hakimi was a target, but the Inter Milan wide man went to PSG instead.

Nobody else arrived to reinforce the Chelsea flank, so it is something they could address in future. With Azpilicueta out of contract too, even though he has been playing in the back three more than the wider role, their need could become greater.

Dest can also operate on the opposite side of defence, where Chelsea currently have a shortage. An injury to Ben Chilwell has left Marcos Alonso – himself linked with Barcelona – as their only natural option on the left.

Chelsea face Sergino Dest competition

Chelsea will have to wait to see if they can get their hands on Dest next summer, though. He is under contract until 2025 with Barcelona, but they may send him away sooner.

At the age of 21, Dest has plenty of time to prove his doubters wrong and Chelsea could give him the chance to do so.

So too, though, could Bayern Munich, who are also…

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