Barcelona has put a lot of effort into trying to sell players this summer, but they have not had much luck
While Nico Gonzalez is almost ready to join FC Porto on a permanent deal with a repurchase provision, Pablo Torre has gone on loan.
Beyond that, though, not many exits appear to be making headway, which is concerning because sales are essential for the Catalans to bring in more newcomers and record their summer arrivals. Sergino Dest is one such player that is up for sale this summer but hasn’t drawn much attention just yet.
The USMNT player had a terrible season while out on loan at AC Milan the previous year. It is commonly believed that he will depart the club this summer, despite the fact that he has been named to the team for the preseason trip. And now, according to SPORT, Barcelona is aiming to find a buyer for Dest as soon as possible with the help of the pre-season friendly. The player, for his part, has made it his mission to persuade Xavi and gain a spot in the team.
The Barça management, it appears, does not share this viewpoint. Instead, the team is hoping that his efforts in upcoming preseason friendly will attract some attention. Barcelona paid AFC Ajax €21 million to acquire Dest in 2020, but they are content with the idea that they won’t be able to recoup that sum from his sale.
Even if Dest’s current market value is in the neighbourhood of €10 million, the Catalan giants are willing to accept a payment that is less if it means that the club loses Dest. The goal is to obtain some compensation for a player who is still in his early 20s and still has two years left on his club deal. FC Porto was allegedly interested, but it seems that they are instead taking Julian Araujo on loan. Determining who might be interested in Dest and their willingness to pay for him so remains to be seen.
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