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.
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Actu monde – US – Report: Sergino Dest being considered by FC Barcelona as potential signing