Man Utd ‘intensify’ talks with Barcelona over shock swap deal for £18m-rated star

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The two clubs are been in regular contact this summer.

Manchester United are reportedly in talks over a swap deal to bring Barcelona star Sergino Dest to Old Trafford.

Talks between the two clubs have been frequent this summer with the Red Devils looking to bring a successful end to their attempts to sign Dutch international Frankie de Jong.

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And there has been recent press speculation suggesting former United forward Memphis Depay could be in line for a move back to the club after the collapse of a deal to join Serie A giants Juventus.

However, a third possible deal is reportedly being discussed with USA international Dest seemingly open to a move away from the Camp Nou.

The right-back joined Barca just over two years ago and has endured a mixed time in La Liga, making just 21 appearances in Spain’s top tier last season.

He is yet to appear for Xavi’s side in any competition this season and the Barca legend is believed to be willing to allow Dest to depart.

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According to Spanish outlet Sport, United have ‘intensified contacts’ over an exchange deal that would see Aaron Wan-Bissaka join Barcelona ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline.

Speaking ahead of Sunday’s win against Real Valladolid, Xavi discussed Dest’s situation within his squad and stressed he is looking to ‘strengthen’ at right-back.

He said: “Seeing the trajectory of (Alejandro) Balde we have the position of left-back well covered, at right-back we have Sergi and Dest, but he knows the situation of the club and my stance towards him.

“Sergi (Roberto), Ronald (Araujo) or Jules (Kounde) will have to play. The intention of the club is to strengthen the right-back spot.”

Wan-Bissaka has also been linked with a move to Crystal Palace, just over three years after leaving the Eagles to join United in a £45million deal.

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