According to a well-known Italian reporter, Serie A AC Milan and La Liga Barcelona have reached a loan agreement before the closing of the transfer window. Barcelona will give up the 21-year-old defender Sergino Dest to AC Milan for one season on loan. It also includes the permanent acquisition of Durst for 20 million euros next summer.
The 21-year-old Dest joined the Ajax youth training camp in the Eredivisie at the age of 10 and officially became Ajax’s first team in 2019. He played 23 games in the Ajax first team. He used his petite size and movement speed on the field to become a multi-directional defender in the lineup that season, and won the US Football Youth of the Year Award. And helped the team to win the Cruyff Shield championship, which is also the first championship in Durst’s career. He was also selected as the team’s youth of the year.
He then joined his dream team Barcelona from Ajax in October 2020, becoming the first American in the team’s starting history. However, Barcelona’s intention to bring in Dest was to develop him as a future successor to 39-year-old right-back veteran Daniel Alves, but Dest’s performances fell short of manager Xavi Hernandez’s expectations. As expected, he was eventually dropped from the starting lineup.
Last season, Dest was the starting guard in just 23 of 53 games, and Harvey gradually snubbed the young player. With the start of the new season of 2022-2023, Dest was excluded from the lineup, and his prospects in Barcelona were dim enough to see him experienced a very bumpy journey in Barcelona, which also made Dest interested in playing in Barcelona. Leaving Barcelona in the transfer window this summer to seek greater development opportunities for his football career.
It is reported that Manchester United in the Premier League and Sevilla in La Liga are both interested in the introduction of Dest. However, Dest was loaned to AC Milan in the end. It is worth mentioning that the 25-year-old defender David Calabria in AC Milan is flourishing in the lineup, and at the same time he is also the captain of the team, which inevitably weakens Dest’s status after joining the team.
As for whether Dest can get rid of the experience of being left out in Barcelona, it remains to be seen if he will shine in the new team in the new season. If Dest succeeds in gaining the attention of AC Milan coach Stefano Pioli this season, he will sign a four-year contract next summer and become a permanent AC Milan player.