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Chelsea to open talks for Barcelona defender?


Chelsea to open talks for Barcelona defender?

Dest wanted by Chelsea
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Chelsea are reportedly planning to open negotiations with Barcelona to sign Sergino Dest.

The Blues are currently without Reece James for two months with a hamstring injury. Cesar Azpilicueta is the only specialist right wing-back option at the moment.

Thomas Tuchel has accepted that the club are looking for defensive options, and Marca claims that the west London giants are weighing up an approach for Dest.

The United States international started the season as a regular in the right-back spot, but he has fallen out-of-favour under new manager Xavi Hernandez.

He has been sharing his playing time regularly with Sergi Roberto, and his first-team minutes could be reduced further by the shock return of Dani Alves.

The Blaugrana plan to hold talks with the player to know his stance. If he is prepared to leave, the Blues could sign him for a relatively low fee of around £17m.

Chelsea are also interested in signing a new left wing-back with Ben Chilwell ruled out for the rest of the campaign following a knee ligament surgery.