Barcelona will hold a “vital Sergino Dest meeting today,” according to reports, as Chelsea prepares a £17 million transfer bid.
After injuries to Ben Chilwell and Reece James, Chelsea are desperate to improve their wing-back options in January.
Barcelona will meet with Sergino Dest and his representatives to discuss their transfer plans, with Chelsea on the horizon.
Thomas Tuchel wants to bring in the American international to cover for Ben Chilwell and Reece James’ injuries.
Chelsea will find out this month if a move for Barcelona’s Dest is possible.
As Tuchel looks to bolster his squad, the Blues have made the defender one of their top targets in the January transfer window.
Covid’s squad has been stripped bare by injuries, with Marcos Alonso the only fit full-back in the absence of Chilwell and James.
Both players are important members of Chelsea’s wing-back system, though Chilwell will be unavailable for the remainder of the season.
As a result, the transfer window has provided Tuchel with a means of resolving his problem, and a number of options have surfaced.
One of them is acquiring Dest from Barcelona, which is looking to sell players in order to balance its books.
Despite spending £55 million on Ferran Torres, they are unable to register the former Manchester City striker until they have paid off their wage bill, as per La Liga rules.
As a result, some players may leave the Nou Camp this month, with Chelsea hoping to take advantage of the situation by making inquiries about Dest.
Barca are set to meet with the United States international, according to today’s Sunday Mirror, with the club split on whether or not to sell him after being valued at £17 million.
Dest prefers to remain at Barcelona, but he is willing to move to Chelsea if the opportunity arises.
After the injuries to Chilwell and James, the former Ajax star can play on either flank, making him a desirable addition at Stamford Bridge.
Tuchel is also considering recalling Emerson Palmieri from his loan at Lyon, but this has proven to be difficult.
The German coach is a big fan of the Italian, but he couldn’t guarantee him a spot in the first team, so he was allowed to leave on a temporary basis.
However, bringing back the left-back would necessitate Lyon’s agreement, which they have so far refused to do.
Another option is to call Ian Maatsen from Coventry while a loan is being arranged.
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