Chelsea to sign Barcelona player in January as cover for the injured Ben Chilwell

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With Ben Chilwell now confirmed out for the rest of the season, the Blues are set to sign a left-back in January.

According to Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo, Chelsea are set to sign Barcelona full-back Sergino Dest in January as cover for the injured Chilwell.

It was confirmed on Tuesday that Chilwell requires surgery on an ACL injury and will miss the rest of the season.

The England left-back suffered the injury in Chelsea’s Champions League group-stage win against Juventus in November.

Dest, 21, has fallen down the pecking order at Barcelona since Xavi Hernandez replaced Ronald Koeman as Barcelona boss.

Dest is primarily deployed as a right-back but his versatility means he is able to cover on the opposite flank equally as adeptly.

Barcelona boss Xavi is open to letting the American leave Barcelona in January and his next club could be Chelsea.

Everton’s Lucas Digne and Ajax’s Nicolas Tagliafico are also on Chelsea’s shortlist ahead of the January transfer window.

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