Rumour Has It: Barcelona wants Dest to solve problematic right-back position

Ajax's Sergino Dest is shaping up to be Barcelona's preferred new right-back, but the Blaugrana will have to stump up an eight-figure fee.

Sergino Dest in action for Ajax   -  Getty Images

Has Barcelona found its new Dani Alves?

According to reports in Spain, the Blagurana have identified Ajax teenager Sergino Dest as the long-term solution to their problematic right-back spot.

Despite his inexperience, it seems the 19-year-old could command a sizeable eight-figure sum.

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Nelson Semedo's proposed move to either Manchester City or Juventus looks set to pave the way for Barca to bring in a highly rated new right-back.

And the Catalan club knows exactly what it will take to land its preferred target: €20million.

That is the fee Spanish newspaper Sport suggests will be enough to secure United States defender Dest when the transfer window reopens.

The Dutch-born full-back, who spurned Netherlands' interest in his international future, only recently graduated from Ajax's youth setup, making 15 Eredivisie starts before the coronavirus pandemic curtailed his breakthrough 2019-20 campaign.

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- AC Milan is interested in Freiburg centre-back Robin Koch but the Rossoneri could face competition from Serie A rival Napoli, claims CalcioMercato.

- Heading across town and Inter appears more interested in attacking reinforcements amid the uncertainty surrounding Lautaro Martinez. La Repubblica suggests the Nerazzurri are on the cusp of agreeing personal terms with Napoli forward Dries Mertens, who will become a free agent on June 30.

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- Is a transfer battle brewing in Manchester? The Sun claims City boss Pep Guardiola wants to beat crosstown rival United to Argentine attacking midfielder Thiago Almada, the promising Velez product said to be viewed as the successor to David Silva.

- Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and United could encounter more transfer frustration if Aston Villa continues to stand firm over its Jack Grealish valuation. According to the Mirror, relegation-threatened Villa is not prepared to budge on its £80m asking price.

- Ligue 1 heavyweight Paris Saint-Germain could move for experienced former Arsenal right-back Mathieu Debuchy, now of Saint-Etienne, to replace the out-of-contract Thomas Meunier, reports Le10Sport.

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