Talks between United and the American have intensified in recent hours.
Sergiño Dest is aware that the best prospect is for him to leave Barça. Xavi's message was blunt on the first matchday when he left Dest out of the squad, even though they are short on right-backs. And, as if that wasn't enough, over the week there have been many rumours of possible signings and even images of Juan Foyth's agent entering Mateu Alemany's office.
As a result, Dest's entourage started to move, and once United have seen that the player is willing, talks intensified. Erik ten Hag is a great advocate of his signing.
He knows Dest from Ajax and believes he can be an important player for United. He is also a young player, with a lot of room for growth. At Ajax, he became one of the most wanted full-backs and Barça managed to sign him, even though he had big offers from teams like Bayern. But at Barça, he has only shown glimpses of the player that some have compared to Alves.
Koeman gave him more confidence than Xavi, who quickly had doubts about the player, and agreed to bring back a 39-year-old Dani Alves to replace him. Xavi still has no faith in the American. Dest has shown defensive problems and some disconnections that have not pleased the coaches. The American could find a new start at United, under a coach who believes in him.
Barça will not let him leave for less than 20 million, as he is a very young player at 21 years. Barça want to register Kounde and reinforce with another right-back, their favourite being Villarreal's Juan Foyth.
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