The 23-year-old leapfrogged Wan-Bissaka in the club’s pecking order last season but has failed to convince since being signed by Jose Mourinho in 2018.
And he was one of many players criticised for his disappointing role in last Sunday’s opening Premier League weekend defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion at Old Trafford.
Dest has been used as a rotational option since joining Barcelona from Ajax in 2020, making 51 La Liga appearances across two seasons.
The 21-year-old played 38 times under Ten Hag in the Netherlands and would continue the trend of the United boss targeting players he can trust in the current window.
Whether Dest would be open to a reunion at Old Trafford remains to be seen, but Ten Hag’s efforts to sign him indicate his lack of trust among his current ranks.
Similarly, it’s uncertain whether Dalot would be happy to depart M16 for Barcelona, although he’d unlikely refuse with Champions League football on offer.
Published at Fri, 12 Aug 2022 09:47:00 +0000