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Manchester United reportedly in strong position to beat Chelsea to ‘unreal’ Sergino Dest

Manchester United are seemingly on course to beat Chelsea to the signature of Barcelona ace Sergino Dest this summer.

Chelsea reportedly want to sign the Brazilian right-back according to recent reports from the Daily Mail but United boss Erik ten Hag has made a demand to his superiors that the 21-year-old is brought to Old Trafford in the summer (El Nacional).

And to add further insult to injury for Chelsea, Dest actually wants to join United according to a report from 90min.

Missing out on the Brazilian ace to Man United would be a really bitter pill to swallow for the Blues. Right-back is definitely an area where Chelsea and United need to strengthen this summer.

It seems as though the Red Devils have a couple of advantages over the Blues as things stand.

Manchester United very keen to sign Sergino Dest

With reports from Spain suggesting that ten Hag is demanding that the United board bring the Brazilian starlet to Old Trafford, Chelsea will clearly have their work cut out.

With Dest favouring a move to Old Trafford, it could be curtains for the Blues.

And if Ten Hag wins the race for the Barca ace, it will very much be United’s gain and Chelsea’s loss.

The Last Word on Sport described Dest as an explosive right-back. And that’s exactly what he is. He possesses pace in abundance and loves getting forward at every opportunity.

Dest has also been praised by United States boss Gregg Berhalter told who Goal in October:

“Sergino is an interesting player because it’s almost like the sky’s the limit for him. He can be as good as he wants to be and his attacking play, it’s unreal. It’s just really pushing himself to be the best when he’s on the field. He just needs to gain experience. He’s doing a great job. He just needs to keep working.”

In 21 La Liga appearances for Barcelona last season, Dest bagged three assists and bagged 1.3 tackles, 0.8 clearances and 1.8 dribbles per game.

Dest is clearly an exciting young talent, albeit far from the finished article. With good coaching, the South American will undoubtedly go on to become a big star.

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel will be very keen to provide more competition and cover in the right wing-back role at Stamford Bridge next season.

Cesar Azpilicueta is being heavily linked with a move away from the club according to the Spanish publication Sport.

Dest can operate on the left-hand side of defence as well and that will obviously appeal to Chelsea.

The Barcelona ace could be available for as little as €25 million (£21m) this summer according to ESPN. That’s very good value indeed.

And United will really be getting one over on Chelsea if ten Hag wins the race for Dest this summer.

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