According to a report from Spanish outlet Sport, Barcelona right-back Sergino Dest has rejected a move to Arsenal this summer.
The Gunners are on the lookout for a new right-back with Hector Bellerin set to leave the club. The Spaniard has been at the Emirates for over a decade now and he has been an incredible servant, but it’s the right time for him to move on.
If Bellerin does end up leaving in the coming weeks, Arsenal will need to sign a quality replacement. Mikel Arteta reportedly viewed Barcelona star Dest as the ideal option, but the American has turned down a move to the Emirates.
Sergino Dest rejects Arsenal
The report claims that Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Monaco all tried to lure the young full-back away from the Camp Nou. However, Dest reportedly responded saying: “Thank you, but no.”
The 20-year-old, signed by Barca from Ajax for £23.8 million last year (Sky Sports), still has four years left on his contract. Ronald Koeman views him as a ‘very useful player‘, and there’s no way that he would’ve sold Dest to any club this summer.
Arsenal will now have to look elsewhere, but there’s a good chance that we’ll not sign anyone at right-back.
The Insider’s View:
A new right-back to replace Bellerin will be ideal this summer, but Arteta and Edu don’t really view that position as a priority at the moment.
Arsenal currently have Cedric Soares and Calum Chambers who can play there. We’re about to sign Ben White, who has also impressed at right-back in the past, while Ainsley Maitland-Niles – if he’s not sold – will be an option as well.
The Gunners may just ignore pursuing a new right-back altogether this summer. If the position really proves to be a problem, we can always dive back into the market in January, and that seems like the likeliest scenario at the moment.