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HOT NEWS: Sergino Dest is under more pressure from Xavi to leave Barcelona.

Barcelona manager Xavi provided yet another hint on Saturday on his intentions or lack thereof for Sergino Dest as the team continues to collect money and officially sign Jules Kounde.

After the manager acknowledged the team was interested in Cesar Azpilicueta of Chelsea this summer, Xavi highlighted Ronald Araujo, Sergi Roberto, and Kounde as players who can play in the right-back position for the team.

Xavi adopted a different demeanor when questioned about Dest’s function.

He told ESPN that “he knows what the scenario is.”

Dest was acquired by Barca from Ajax in 2020 while Ronald Koeman was the club’s manager, but the Dutchman was ousted less than a month later.

Over the course of two seasons, Dest has had difficulty securing his starting position on the right of the defense under Xavi (and briefly interim manager Sergi Barjuan).

Although he dealt with different injuries last season, he actually started less games in LaLiga last season (17) than he did in 2020–21 (23).

Dest has nonetheless become a potential target for sale by the Catalan club as Barca looks to balance its books.

According to ESPN, Xavi informed Dest earlier this week that he is no longer in the manager’s plans for this season. The 21-year-old was also not included in the Barcelona squad for last week’s LaLiga debut against Rayo Vallecano.

The US international allegedly prefers to remain where he is, but if he must leave, a transfer to England may be in the works.

Manchester United are reportedly interested in the right back, and manager Erik ten Hag is willing to transfer Diogo Dalot the opposite way to seal the move, according to a report in Sport last week.

A deal with United is hindered by Barcelona’s alleged preference for a cash move for the $20 million talent. Ten Hag and Dest were coworkers at Ajax, and the club is said to have inquired about him during talks over Frenkie de Jong.

The 30-year-old Thomas Meunier of Dortmund is a more likely choice for United as a result of Dest’s high cost, claims The Telegraph.

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