By George Overhill

25th May, 2022 | 11:40am

Leeds United want to sign Sergino Dest from Barcelona with Premier League survival secured

Leeds United are back in the hunt for Barcelona full-back Sergino Dest now that Premier League status has been secured for next year, TEAMtalk reports.

They had reported earlier this year that the club were planning to go for Brenden Aaronson and Dest in the summer, subject to top flight survival, with the two American’s their “top two targets”.

After a dramatic win against Brentford on the final day (22 May) kept the club from falling into the Championship they appear to be moving fast to follow up with those plans.

Aaronson’s arrival appears imminent according to Phil Hay in The Athletic and Dest is apparently next on the agenda.

The 21-year-old is available and has been offered to Manchester United (90min) while Chelsea seem to have an interest (Sun) but the Whites look to be most intent on the player who “does not feature in head coach Xavi’s long-term plans”.

After a nightmare season the TEAMtalk report says: “Leeds are acting fast this summer as Marsch looks to get his Elland Road project up and running.”

Right move?

It will be heartening for United fans that the club appear to have learned from their failure to strengthen in the winter by making sure they do so as soon as possible now.

Aaronson has been a key target all season and looks set to be the first arrival this summer.

If Dest is being actively offered around by Barcelona then he may be available for a cut price, but if they want big money for him Victor Orta and Jesse Marsch need to be certain he will help.

He has age on his side and over 100 appearances for Ajax and Barcelona by the age of 21 is not to be sniffed at, but a full-back who was surplus to requires at the Camp Nou arrived last year in the form of Junior Firpo and that hasn’t proven to be a success.

If the regard that they hold Dest in is based on solid scouting then the stars may be aligning for them to land a key target, with an American boss in place for the USMNT player to play under and his current club looking to get rid of him.

Luke Ayling and Stuart Dallas are both coming off major surgery and Firpo has been a disappointment, so the versatile Dest, who can play on both sides, would give them a valuable option at the positions.

However, he missed time himself this season with multiple injuries, which is clearly the last thing the club needs after such a cursed season in terms of fitness.

If he does arrive it would surely also signal the exit, at least on loan, of Cody Drameh, who might be wondering what he has to do to play his way into the first team picture after a standout loan spell with Cardiff.

In other Leeds United news, Marsch went on American radio and hit out at negative reactions he has received in English media.