Club price Arsenal target at £337m, Jose Mourinho enthusiastic

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FC Barcelona are reportedly ready to accept just €20m (£16m) for right-back Sergino Dest, with Arsenal interested in the defender and now AS Roma entering the competition.

According to the Gazzetta dello SportJose Mourinho’s side are keen on the USA international, with AS Monaco and former club Ajax also interested in Dest, who has had a difficult season with Barcelona.

While the defender started the weekend and was hailed by Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez, Dest’s future looks uncertain, with the right-back linked with a move to Arsenal this summer as reported by Marca and now with people like Roma.

With the defender having an outrageous €400m (£337m) release clause as by official Barcelona websitethe club’s reported assessment for Dest shows that the club may well be interested in offloading the youngster.

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Indeed, at 21 years old, Dest is still very young and could be sold by Barcelona to raise funds to deal with his financial problems, which would exceed the billion euros. Still, Arsenal will now, more than likely, pass on the defender this summer.

Roma could rush for Dest given Arsenal’s right-back situation

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Arsenal hit the lottery this summer with Takehiro Tomiyasu, who was one of the signings of the season and could be the Gunners’ right-back for years to come, and it’s because of this that Roma could win the race for Dest.

With Arsenal needing a replacement for Tomiyasu this summer with Cedric Soares likely to leave North London, Mikel Arteta will likely sign a player who can serve as the Japan international’s understudy just like Nuno Tavares did for Kieran Tierney this season.

With that in mind, that could rule out a move for Dest even with his £16million price tag, with the American simply too good to play second fiddle to Tomiyasu and other clubs, such as Roma, now interested in Barcelona defender.

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