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‘Battle is on’ between Barcelona, Bayern for USMNT’s Dest
Sergiño Dest may soon be the next USMNT player on the move to a major club.
According to Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, who has become a reliable name in the transfer reporting game in recent years, Barcelona and Bayern Munich are both negotiating for the 19-year-old right back.
“The battle is on,” Romano tweeted Tuesday. The reported transfer fee would be over $29 million.
Dest doesn’t turn 20 for over a month, and he pledged his commitment to the United States over his native Netherlands last October (his father is American). He’s been a rising star at Ajax, one of the most renowned clubs for developing young talent.
If Dest joins Barcelona, he would figure to be the first American to play for the club’s senior team. Nineteen-year-old winger Konrad de la Fuente has played for Barcelona’s B team in Spain’s third tier, and appeared for the first team in a preseason friendly earlier this month.
Bayern Munich, meanwhile, already has one high-profile starting fullback from CONCACAF in Canadian Alphonso Davies, and Dest would be a similarly talented complement on the other side. The reigning Champions League winners have fielded three American players in their history, including Landon Donovan and Julian Green, and it would be an ideal place for Dest to improve.
Where will he end up? Time will tell, but the options seem promising.