Another American could be headed to Serie A. According to Spanish outlet Relevo, FC Barcelona defender Sergiño Dest is close to securing a loan move to AC Milan. The deal would include an option to make the deal a permanent transfer.
El Milan y el Barça, cerca de cerrar la cesión de Sergiño Dest.— Relevo (@relevo) August 31, 2022
La operación incluiría una opción de compra no obligatoria.@MatteMoretto @tjuanmarti @albert_roge pic.twitter.com/sf6hgVboE0
The 21-year-old USMNT right back has been out of favor at Barça, with manager Xavi reportedly telling Dest to seek playing time elsewhere. Initially, Dest was willing to stick it out at the Camp Nou, but with rumors about potential moves to Manchester United and even Ajax, the market seems to be waiting for Dest to decide on his future. Earlier today, Villarreal was rumored to also be in the race to acquire Dest, but Fabrizio Romano reports that no offer has been made and AC Milan are in “advanced talks” with Barcelona.
AC Milan are in advanced talks to sign Sergiño Dest from Barcelona, as @relevo reports. It’s concrete and also advanced — been told it’s a loan with buy option not mandatory. He’d sign until 2025. ⚫️ #ACMilan— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2022
Dest has no agreement with Villarreal and AC Milan are pushing. pic.twitter.com/Y7v3ZwfZZR
Sergiño Dest, arguably one of the most important players on the USMNT, will want to be in a position where he’s playing regularly and in form for the World Cup this fall. A move to AC Milan, the defending Serie A champions, may not on paper seem to be the place where playing time would come regularly. However, Dest would be able to grab playing time with the Rossoneri competing in UEFA Champions League as well as the Coppa Italia along with weekly in Serie A as the Scudetto holders. And, with Barcelona having a ton of financial issues, a change of scenery may be best for the American right back.
Update: could this already be done? Fabrizio Romano reports that it is.
AC Milan and Barcelona have already reached full agreement! Sergiño Dest discussing personal terms. Been told contract will be 1-year loan, potential four year deal if buy clause will be triggered — so 2027*. ⚫️ #ACMilan— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2022
AC Milan are ready to complete the deal in few hours. pic.twitter.com/o43NRLBHcT
More updates: Fabrizio Romano said the magic words:
Sergiño Dest to AC Milan, here we go and confirmed! Full agreement, loan with buy option around €20m not mandatory. Dest will sign until June 2027, one year loan plus potential four year deal. ⚫️ #ACMilan— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2022
Dest will fly to Milano on Wednesday morning to sign contracts. pic.twitter.com/WA8woDWEg2
Here we go, confirmed. Looks like Sergiño Dest is a member of AC Milan.
Update: It’s official. Dest has signed with AC Milan
Official Statement: @sergino_dest ➡️ https://t.co/08ovgEnYwf— AC Milan (@acmilan) September 1, 2022
Comunicato Ufficiale: Sergiño Dest ➡️ https://t.co/L3J01ppprX#ReadyToLeaveAMark #SempreMilan pic.twitter.com/5VAyFG8uk6
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