The club will offer a £17million target to Leeds as leverage to sign a £370,000-a-week player

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FC Barcelona are reportedly ready to use 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 as Bayern struggle to sign Lewandowski to a new contract.

The Poland international, who already earns £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.

According to Sport, the La Liga side are ready to use Dest as leverage to try Bayern to sell Lewandowski, with the right-back also a target for Leeds ahead of the summer transfer window.

TeamTalk claim the youngster is one of two United States internationals Jesse Marsch is keen to sign this summer, along with Brenden Aaronson, with Barcelona set to sell Dest for just €20m (£17m) this summer.

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However, this latest update could sabotage one of Leeds’ plans to sign Dest, with Barcelona now ready to send the 21-year-old to Bayern in exchange for Lewandowski, with the defender linked with the Bundesliga giants ahead of his move. in Catalonia.

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

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While Marsch has a unique selling point for American players, it’s undeniable that Dest will be more tempted to move to Bayern if given the chance than Leeds, who may struggle to meet the defender’s financial demands this summer.

Indeed, Dest would be an exceptional signing for Leeds and a superb long-term replacement for Luke Ayling, but if Bayern accept Barcelona’s demands for Lewandowski, Los Blancos will have no chance of luring the young defender to Elland Road.

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