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.
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.
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
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.
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.