MANCHESTER UNITED are set to offer Barcelona a swap in order to sign right-back Sergino Dest.
The Red Devils hope to use Diogo Dalot as a makeweight to sign Dest.
United want to steal a march on Premier League rivals Chelsea, who also want to sign the American.
However, Barcelona don't want to do a swap deal, and prefer a cash option of £17million.
According to Spanish outlet Sport, Dest is on the club's for sale list after failing to convince since his move from Ajax in 2020.
Dest broke into the Ajax first team under Erik ten Hag's tenure, so it makes sense why United would harbour an interest in him.
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However, United's attempts to swap Dalot with the American are set to fall flat due to Barcelona having no interest in the Portuguese defender.
United cannot recruit another player at right-back without first getting rid of one of the two they have.
For this reason, United have added Dalot to their for sale list, while Aaron Wan-Bissaka has been on this list for some time, and is rumoured to be courting interest on a loan move to Crystal Palace.
Barcelona have seen a well-documented pursuit of Chelsea's Cesar Azpilicueta end in failure after the Spaniard signed a new two-year deal at Stamford Bridge.
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Earlier today the club announced they were selling off a further 24.5 per cent of Barca studios in order to raise £85m.
However, they are desperate to see the back of a number of players, with La Liga refusing to allow them to register several squad members who have either signed contract renewals or who are new arrivals.
The Blaugrana are currently far in excess of La Liga's wage rules, and it could consequently mean the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, and Ousmane Dembele might not be able to be registered.
Indeed the situation is so bad they may be forced to release Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen after the pair signed on free transfers over the summer.
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It is why the club have reportedly given Frenkie de Jong an ultimatum to either leave the club in a deal to join either Manchester United or Chelsea or told him to cut his wages.
They have even threatened legal action against him if he doesn't revert back to his pre-2020 contract with the club after the new board allegedly found "evidence of criminality" from the old board.
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