Barcelona want to sell player with £340m release clause, months after rejecting Arsenal
Arsenal showed an interest in signing Sergino Dest over the summer – and Barcelona are now making him available for transfer.
That’s according to a report from Mundo Deportivo, who have been discussing players that can leave the Camp Nou.
Barca want to bring in Manchester City attacker Ferran Torres and may look to engineer a part-exchange deal.
Dest is listed as one of the players Barcelona are making available.
That comes less than 18 months after Barcelona signed Dest from Ajax, adding a €400million (£340million) release clause.
Sergi Roberto, Clement Lenglet, Oscar Mingueza, Philippe Coutinho, Neto and Samuel Umtiti are also ‘ on the transfer list’.
Dest rejected summer Arsenal move
This isn’t what Dest was hoping for when he rejected a switch to Arsenal back in July.
Arsenal were desperate for a new right back and looked towards Dest as a potential signing.
Catalan newspaper SPORT reported that Dest rejected Arsenal as well as Borussia Dortmund and Monaco.
The American international has managed three goals in 11 games this season but Barcelona seem willing to let him go.
Dest is a real talent but Arsenal may have moved on now.
Takehiro Tomiyasu came in on deadline day and has become Arsenal’s first-choice right back.
Dest surely isn’t a likely Arsenal signing now, and he may be left wondering whether he should have accepted Edu’s offer.