Report: Chelsea about to be offered 'unreal' 21-year-old in swap deal for their £24m man

Chelsea are set to be offered the chance to sign Barcelona’s Sergino Dest.

According to 90min, the 21-year-old could make the move in exchange for Marcos Alonso, who firmly remains on the Catalan club’s radar.

The USA international made 21 appearances in La Liga last season, while featuring in nearly every game in both the Champions League and Europa League.

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He has also been a near ever-present for the national team since his debut in 2019, with the USA manager Gregg Berhalter describing him as ‘unreal’ for his attacking potential in Goal.

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Reports have been swirling around that the two clubs will be involved in further deals involving defenders, with talk of Cesar Azpilicueta and Marcos Alonso playing their football at the Nou Camp next season.

Club captain Azpilicueta has spent a decade with the club, however the new ownership structure at the club has made it unclear whether he will continue his time in England.

Meanwhile, Spain teammate Alonso has been an attacking threat from wide since his £24m move in 2016, but is reported to favour a move back to his native country.

Thomas Tuchel has been reported to rate Dest highly, and the American’s ability to operate on both flanks could make him a suitable replacement for Alonso.

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Signing a promising star for the future is exactly the quota the Blues should be looking for, which is why we waxed lyrical about the potential deal for Rayan Ait-Nouri.

With Ben Chilwell and Reece James, the club have two internationals who look set to dominate their positon for a long time, which makes breaking into the side a challenge.

However, making a move for a promising star who can operate on both sides maintains genuine competition for the role – whilst providing able cover should an injury crisis occur – would be a smart signing.

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.