'Important': Manager now wants to keep his 21-year-old talent, after reportedly offering him to Chelsea

Barcelona manager Xavi has confirmed his desire to keep hold of Sergino Dest this summer.

This is despite rumours suggesting that he could be headed to Stamford Bridge, in the midst of a crazy transfer window between the Catalan club and Chelsea.

With the Spanish side still keen to add Marcos Alonso and Cesar Azpilicueta to their ranks, it’s proving to be a remarkable transfer window for them.

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This desire reportedly saw Chelsea being offered Dest as a makeweight, although it was claimed Thomas Tuchel rates him highly.

The Blues have been rumoured to be considering signing a right-back this summer in order to offer depth and competition for Reece James, with the Englishman also able to be operated at right-centre-back.

It was reported that the club made a last-minute move to hijack PSG’s signing for Nordi Mukiele, although their interest came too late to influence negotiations.

They will have to continue to look elsewhere if they’re to strengthen in that area too, after Xavi confirmed his plans for next season involve the 21-year-old American.

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Xavi wants to keep Dest

He said: “He’s fast and defends well. He’s good player, still young and important for the future”.

There will be hesitance among Chelsea fans for the club to prioritise a natural right-back this season, given the likelihood that it pushes James towards more minutes in the back three.

While he has proven to be incredibly strong in that position, it feels like his attacking talents are compromised, with him breaking out to become one of the best attacking threats in the league.

With current links to Denzel Dumfries however, it looks like that situation may become a possibility. There may be an argument however to target fellow Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar, with the need to sign a recognised centre-back a lot more obvious at the minute.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.