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Manchester United report: Erik ten Hag free to sign Barcelona star – in a deal that could elevate United's USA profile

Manchester United manager Erik Ten Hag
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Manchester United could be about to get even bigger in America – if they manage to pull off a deal for a Barcelona star who's been told he can leave. 

Erik ten Hag is busy reshaping his squad already, having met with his new staff and drafted up transfer plans for next season. Rumours are swirling as to who United will bring in, with outgoing interim manager Ralf Rangnick claiming as many 10 new faces could arrive. 

The 63-year-old German gegenpress guru is set to step into his own new role as a consultant at Old Trafford – but though United want to move away from making big-name signings that have failed the club over the last few years, one star could in fact inadvertently boost the club's profile. 

Ralf Rangnick, Manchester United manager

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According to 90min (opens in new tab), United are one of the first clubs to have been contacted over Barcelona right-back Sergino Dest, who seems destined to leave Catalonia this summer.

Xavi signed Dani Alves to compete with Ronald Araujo and Dest when he was installed as manager midway through this season and seemingly doesn't rate the former Ajax star. Ten Hag, meanwhile, worked with Dest while the pair were in Amsterdam.

Though Dest would be targeted for his footballing abilities, the USMNT international would be a popular signing with the Red Devils' supporters across the Atlantic.

Sergino Dest

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According to rumours, current right-back Aaron Wan Bissaka could be leaving the club in the near future after failing to have impressed sufficiently since arriving from Crystal Palace under Ole Gunnar Solksjaer. 

Dest is valued at around £16 million by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab).

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Manchester United have been linked with a vast array of talents ever since Erik ten Hag was confirmed as manager – while Paul Pogba has been linked with rivals Manchester City.

Rumours persist that Benfica forward Darwin Nunez may well be bought, too, while Frenkie de Jong is an apparent target for Ten Hag following their time together at Ajax. Brentford midfielder Christian Eriksen is another player being talked about in relation to a move.

It's not all incomings at Old Trafford, either: one report lists the rumoured departure list out of Manchester. Paul Scholes, meanwhile, has been sharing how much of a disaster the current dressing room is from his chats with Jesse Lingard.

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Mark White has been a staff writer on FourFourTwo since joining in January 2020, writing pieces for both online and the magazine. Over his time on the brand, he has interviewed the likes of Aaron Ramsdale and Jack Wilshere, written pieces ranging on subjects from Bobby Robson's season at Barcelona to Robinho's career, and has been to the FA Cup and League Cup finals, working for FFT