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FC Barcelona are reportedly open to using rumoured Leeds United target Sergino Dest as leverage in an attempt to sign Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski.

According to Sport, Xavi Hernandez is a huge fan of the record-breaking Bundesliga striker, who could be set to leave Germany in the next 12 months with Bayern struggling to sign Lewandowski down to a new contract.

The Poland international, who already earns a reported £370,000-a-week according to the Sun, will be a free agent in 2023 if his contract is not renewed. As such, fears that Lewandowski could leave Bayern are growing, and Barcelona now have a plan to sign the striker.

As per Sport, the La Liga side are open to using Dest as leverage to tempt Bayern in selling Lewandowski, with the right-back also a target for Leeds heading into the summer transfer window.

TeamTalk claims that the youngster is one of the two American internationals Jesse Marsch is interested in signing this summer, along with Brenden Aaronson, with Barcelona open to selling Dest for just €20m (£17m) this summer.

However, this latest update could scupper any of Leeds’ plans to sign Dest, with Barcelona now open to sending the 21-year-old to Bayern in exchange for Lewandowski, with the defender linked to the Bundesliga giants before his move to Catalonia.

Lewandowski’s swap deal to Barcelona will blow Leeds out of the water

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Whilst Marsch has a unique selling point for American players, there’s no denying that Dest will be more tempted to move to Bayern if given the chance than Leeds, who could struggle to match the defender’s financial demands this summer.

Indeed, Dest would be an outstanding signing for Leeds and a superb long-term replacement for Luke Ayling, yet if Bayern does accept Barcelona’s demands for Lewandowski, the Whites will stand no chance in luring the young defender to Elland Road.

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