Man Utd board refused to sign Barcelona full-back last month

By | September 19, 2022

Man United director of football John Murtough reportedly blocked his side’s attempts to secure services of Sergino Dest from La Liga giants, Barcelona this summer.

The 20-times English champions were widely expected to be in the market for a new full-back amid concerns over the futures of Dalot and Wan-Bissaka.

Wan-Bissaka had lost his place in the side to Dalot towards the end of the 2021-22 campaign, and the Portugal international’s next career move was also being called into question.

However, Dalot has since cemented himself as Erik ten Hag’s first-choice full-back, while Wan-Bissaka stays on the books despite late rumours with West Ham United.

With Ten Hag having worked with Dest during their time together at Dutch giantsm, Ajax, a reunion was strongly mooted for the 2022-23 season, especially with Barcelona seeking to offload the 21-year-old.

Instead of adding a new full-back to their ranks, The Athletic reports that Murtough vetoed a move for Dest following to his faith in Wan-Bissaka to win over Ten Hag.

The report claims that Ten Hag would not have stood in Wan-Bissaka’s way if he wanted to depart from Man United, and there was hope at Camp Nou that Dest moving to the Red Devils could have ushered Frenkie de Jong in that direction as well.

However, the USA international eventually joined Serie A giants AC Milan on loan with an option to buy, howevever, his representatives were supposedly taken aback by Barca’s €20m (£17.5m) asking price.