Bayern and Barcelona in race to sign Sergiño Dest

The prospect of signing young full-back from Ajax is shaping into a tug of war with Bayern and Barcelona both pulling their weights.

According to Catalan sources, Barça are much closer to get the signatures of the Ajax right-back than the Bavarians. It is being reported that Barça and Ajax have an agreement in principle for Sergiño Dest. The club will play 20 million euros fixed + 5 million in variables. The announcement will take place in a few days. Entourage close to the club have also confirmed the operation.

To the contrary, a Bayern Munich outfit has claimed that the German club is in a better position to sign the American International. A picture of Dest has surfaced from his Instagram which had the location of the place where Bayern’s photoshoot for the 2020-21 season took place some days back.

A toe to toe contest between both the European giants in currently in motion to get the job done. Who will come out on top? Time will tell.

BUT – who is Sergiño Dest actually?

“Born in the Netherlands to a Dutch mother and American father, Dest has represented the United States internationally at the senior level since 2019.

Dest played for the youth academy of Almere City FC until 2012 when he made the switch to the youth teams of Ajax. After progressing through the ranks of the club, he made his debut for Jong Ajax on October 15, 2018, Jong Ajax, in a 2–1 loss against Jong PSV.

Dest impressed over the course of the 2018–19 season, making 17 appearances in the Dutch Eerste Divisie and tallying one goal and two assists.

He also scored one goal and provided one assist in seven appearances in the prestigious UEFA Youth League.

Playing Style

In Ajax, Dest plays as a full-back on the right. He is not just an ordinary full-back but the kind of talent he possesses, critics have already tagged him as a modern full-back, who can join the attack and defend when it is needed.

Once upon a time, he was a free-flowing attacker who could operate on either flank or even in the middle. In his full debut for Ajax, Dest actually played the entire game at left-back.

He was able to cut in onto his right and show his quality in the midfield on countless times – This flexibility is important for any player, especially one who is still young and can offer so much across the pitch.” –  Via

Having such quality traits are the reason why top clubs are interested in him.