Erik ten Hag’s plans to sign Barcelona full-back Sergino Dest have been blocked by Manchester United director of football John Murtough.
Dest, 21, was one of a number of players Barcelona made available during the summer transfer window as the club attempted to raise funds through player sales.
Ten Hag managed the US international at Ajax in the 2019/20 season before moving to the Camp Nou for £18million and was interested in a reunion with the right-back this summer.
Athletic report Murtough, however, urged Aaron Wan-Bissaka to remain part of the manager’s plans despite ten Hag’s initial transfer list.
The former Crystal Palace starlet has played just four minutes this season and came off the bench to watch Liverpool win in August.
He has failed to make the matchday squad in United’s last two league games and was an unused substitute in the Europa League opener against Real Sociedad, with Diogo Dalot starting the season as ten Hag’s solid first choice.
Dest, meanwhile, joined AC Milan on loan on transfer deadline day.
The 21-year-old was understood to be interested in a move to Old Trafford but a deal was also hampered by Barcelona’s £20m demand for the player.
After United dismally lost their first two games of the season to Brentford and Brighton, United boosted their summer transfer business by signing Brazilian midfielder Casemiro, signed from Real Madrid in a £70million deal.
After a long summer pursuit, United also landed one of ten Hag’s top targets in Antony and reunited with his former Ajax star after finally finalizing an £86million deal with the Dutch champions.
Antony scored on his debut for the club against Arsenal, while Casemiro has started just one game since his arrival – against Real Sociedad last Thursday.
Lisandro Martinez, Tyrell Malacia and Christian Eriksen all joined the club earlier in the window, with the trio playing a key role in the manager’s starting XI in the opening month of the new season.
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