Barcelona are currently trying to force right-back Sergino Dest out of the club, but are facing stiff resistance from the player, who does not want to leave the Nou Camp.
Transfer exit Fabrizio Romano is reporting that the club and its manager Xavi no longer have faith in Dest to play a part in their future projects, and have communicated their stance to the 21-year-old American.
Barcelona Are Trying to Offload Sergino Dest Before the Transfer Window Slams Shut
Dest Does Not Want to Leave as Barcelona Scramble to Complete Further Deals
The situation surrounding Dest’s future is certainly one to keep an eye on as the transfer deadline edges closer. The club and the player are currently at loggerheads as their priorities clash, but something has to give before the window slams shut.
Barcelona manager Xavi has addressed the situation, and hinted that his preference was for Dest to leave in favour of Chelsea‘s Cesar Azpilicueta joining the club.
Xavi said: “We wanted to sign Azpilicueta and it couldn’t be. We’ll have to see what we do. Sergino Dest? He knows about the situation.”
Barcelona’s interest in Azpilicueta was clear and concrete earlier this summer. However, the Chelsea captain decided to stay at Stamford Bridge and has signed a new contract with the Premier League club.
Barcelona Far From Finished Regarding Transfer Deals This Summer
Barcelona’s transfer strategy has caused alarm across Europe throughout the window, and the club are showing no signs of slowing their spending spree down despite the financial turmoil they are grappling with.
Xavi’s side have recruited the likes of Jules Kounde and Robert Lewandowski from domestic and European rivals alike, and face a battle to offload several first-team players in order to register all their new signings in a way La Liga will allow.
Among the players the club are trying to sanction exits for are Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Memphis Depay. Xavi has admitted he does not know where either player will be when the window closes, and the same is evidently true of Dest.