Update: Sept. 23
Barcelona might have lost to Bayern Munich in the Champions League semifinals, but it appears the La Liga giants have won the Sergiño Dest sweepstakes. A deal to send the US men's national team right back to Barcelona has been agreed upon, reportedly for an initial €20m with an extra €5m in incentives.
⚠️ BARÇA-AJAX, ACORD PER DEST— Onze (@OnzeTv3) September 22, 2020
🔊 "Els dos clubs han arribat a un acord de 20M€ + 5M€ en variables pel traspàs de Sergiño Dest al Barça"
🔊 "És qüestió de dies. Només queda saber en quants terminis es pagarà. És el que està gestionant Òscar Grau"#OnzeE3 pic.twitter.com/bg5Hnvuj9n
Barcelona have reached an agreement with Ajax to sign USMNT right-back Sergino Dest for an initial €20m, sources have confirmed to Goal 🤝 pic.twitter.com/r9edNzDFDu— Goal (@goal) September 23, 2020
Ajax were entertaining bids from both mega clubs, but when Barca sold right back Nelson Semedo to Wolves, it appears to have opened the door to land Dest.
Update: Sept. 17
It looks like two of Europe's top clubs will be duking it out for US national team right back Sergiño Dest.
Just one day after reports of Ronald Koeman's interest in acquiring the player for Spanish giants FC Barcelona, new reports state that European champions Bayern Munich are meeting Ajax to work out a deal and potentially beat Barcelona to the punch.
But De Telegraaf's Mike Verweij in the Netherlands says that Ajax have already declined a $15 million offer for Dest but that talks continue. He also indicated that Dest's bench role in Ajax's most recent Eredivisie match had to do with these transfer developments.
Former Vancouver Whitecaps homegrown star Alphonso Davies, 19, is the current starting left back at Bayern Munich. Dest turns 20 in November.
Bayern Münich have now opened talks with Ajax for Sergiño Dest [first target as per @cfbayern]. Hansi Flick wants him as also Ronald Koeman... Barcelona already contacted his agents but need to sell players [Semedo] before signing new ones [same as Depay deal]. 🔴 #FCB #Bayern— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 17, 2020
More about Dest deal. Bayern know how ‘timing is key’ to sign him because Barcelona can’t make any official bid now. That’s why today Bayern directors were in Amsterdam to meet Ajax [as per @MikeVerweij]. Bayern are leading the race, Barça is in talks with agents but waiting. 🔴— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 17, 2020
Original story: Sept. 16
After a breakthrough season at Ajax, US men's national team defender Sergiño Dest is in the crosshairs of Barcelona's project under new head coach Ronald Koeman, according to Spanish outlet Mundo Deportivo.
But any move, as their report outlines, would be contingent upon selling Nelson Semedo, a Portugal international who’s been with the club since 2017. As the former Dutch national team manager, Koeman was part of the Dest sweepstakes when the dual-national deliberated between representing the USMNT and Netherlands. That creates some inherently familiarity.
Mundo Deportivo adds that a loan deal for Dest would be considered, though Semedo’s presence in the squad would complicate any move. Both play right back, and there'd only be so many minutes to go around.
Whatever the end result is, Dest’s coming off a remarkable 2019-'20 season where he went from youth standout to regular Eredivisie and Champions League contributor. He also earned his first three USMNT caps and figures to be a pivotal long-term piece at just age 19.
Dest’s second season with Ajax’s first team is already underway, and he appeared as a substitute during a 1-0 win last weekend over Sparta Rotterdam. They’ve lost several key players from their 2019-'20 squad, most notably as Hakim Ziyech was transferred to Chelsea and Donny van de Beek was transferred to Manchester United.