Journalist says Chelsea would rather sign £19m target on loan

Chelsea would rather sign £19m pace merchant on loan rather than permanently, journalist suggests

Dean Jones explained to GiveMeSport that Chelsea would favour bringing Barcelona’s Sergino Dest in on loan over buying him outright.

Dest is definitely on the radar of the Stamford Bridge control board, as he fits the transfer criteria they are tracking.

Why such great desire to sign Dest?

The Blues desperately want to plug the gaps in their wing-back positions left by injured duo Ben Chilwell and Reece James.

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Lucas Digne was originally a target, yet decided to join Aston Villa instead.

Chelsea still want to recall Emerson Palmieri early from his loan spell at Lyon, but the French side have so far denied their requests.

A third option they haven’t explored thoroughly is to pilgrimage Barca for their defender.

What are Dest’s best selling points?

Whilst Digne and Emerson primarily play on the left, Dest can be deployed on either flank, which would partly solve Thomas Tuchel’s double issue of covering for James and Chilwell.

The 21-year-old also has plenty of pace to burn, with UEFA clocking his top speed in the Champions League this season at 32.1 km/h.

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Plus, he is a big fan of Christian Pulisic, the pair having shared a dressing rather whilst away on American national team duty.

However, Chelsea will be met by some obstacles if they try to pinch the Stars and Stripes international.

Constrictions for Chelsea

Mundo Deportivo report that Barca would only consider letting Dest leave for no less than £17m, a down ground on the £19m (BBC) they paid Ajax for his services in 2020.

This goes against the apparent wishes of the Blues, as Jones stated.

“Chelsea have not yet made contact with Barcelona but the situation around Sergino Dest is interesting – they are considering a move but I think they would prefer to take him on loan,” said the transfer expert.

Even if the Spanish club accepted the loan offer, the player might not be so willing to depart his sanctuary.

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In the same article, Mundo Deportivo claim the speedy full-back wants to fight for his place at the Camp Nou, following an indifferent start to life as a Catalonian.

Although, the lure of Premier League football, alongside an offer from the European champions, would usually break even the most stubborn willpower.

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"Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produced regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League. Nathaniel is a full-time writer for the Chelsea Chronicle, and was formerly their social media man. His footballing career reached the sparkling heights of winning the Under-13s Bloxham Tournament in 2011."