Sergiño Dest will play for Barça - if nothing goes wrong. The full-back has done everything he can to wear Barça colours and right now, the only obstacle is the transfer fee. The 19-year-old American is the chosen one for the right-back spot, and the sale of Nélson Semedo to Wolverhampton has accelerated the issue.
Dest's lawyer was in Barcelona on Tuesday and met with the members of the club's technical team and CEO Òscar Grau. A basis of agreement was reached that has completely turned the situation of the footballer around, who just a few days ago had practically sealed a deal with Bayern Munich, 90 percent over the line. The American defender, born in the Netherlands, has effectively forced his way to Barcelona.
Dest pressured his agents to stop his transfer to Bayern and interest other clubs diminished because he was Ronald Koeman's first option if Nélson Semedo's departure was sealed. The Germans' bid fully convinced Sergiño's club, Ajax, but his desire to sign for Barca told.
Ajax, which has always had a great relationship with Barça, understood and acceded to Dest's wish and once the cards were on the table, sporting director Marc Overmars began to negotiate an agreement with Òscar Grau. Barça offer a fixed 20 million euros plus five in variables for the full back, similar to Munich's proposal. De Telegraaf say Barca made that bid yesterday.
The form of payment is the last hurdle. Barca want to pay little now and more later. Ajax want to collect more now - Bayern's offer was up front. Dest can also play on the left which is bad news for Junior Firpo. Three full-backs - (Alba, Roberto and Dest) can cover two positions.