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'Thank you, but no': Report claims 'very useful' £23.8m player has rejected Arsenal

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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