Chelsea is reportedly interested in signing USMNT and Barcelona defender Sergino Dest. The Blues showed interest in Everton defender Digne along with many other clubs looking to sign him as well. Lucas has chosen to leave Everton and has many top clubs pursuing him.
The Blues have to look for defensive reinforcements after their full-backs have faced injuries. Ben Chilwell has faced a season-ending injury whereas Reece James is also currently facing an injury.
According to the Daily Star, Chelsea is showing serious interest in Dest because of his offensive traits and versatility to play on both sides.
Things have gone awry for Dest at FC Barcelona since he has found himself way down in Xavi’s pecking order. The US international has started only one game since October. The club is also willing to let him go since they need to register Ferran Torres.
Reportedly Barca will demand around £30 million for Dest with Chelsea and various other clubs interested in him.
Is Dest actually good enough to play for Chelsea?
Ever since Dest signed for FC Barcelona, it has taken some time for the youngster to settle. He was deemed as a talented player but after the humiliating matches against Bayern, many fans doubted him.
At the moment, he cannot perform against big teams but surely under another coach, like Tuchel, he can utilise his best abilities. Thomas can easily get the best out of him since as stated he is already versatile.
His defensive abilities are not that great but he can flourish in a defensive system like that of Tuchel’s. The presence of other reliable defensive players in the team will give him the freedom to attack. Dest can certainly be excellent as a wingback at Chelsea. Just like Chelsea’s method of playing, Dest himself is also keen on building the play from the back.
Dest is also great on the ball, maintains possession as well and always overlapping runs to stretch the defensive line. Since he is a pacey player it does not take much time for him to get back to his position.
Altogether Dest at Chelsea can be a great fit if Thomas utilises his best abilities.
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