The negotiations between Barcelona and Bayern Munich over the transfer of Sergino Dest have fallen through after the youngster rejected an exit.
Bayern Munich are on the lookout for a right-back to provide competition to Benjamin Pavard who has been sub-par. The Bavarian giants shortlisted former transfer target Sergino Dest who was close to signing for them in 2020 from Ajax Amsterdam before joining Barcelona.
However, Dest has reportedly rejected Bayern’s attempt as the youngster is keen on continuing at Camp Nou under Ronald Koeman, as per ESPN. Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund had also shown a great deal of interest but they revoked their offers due to the player’s reluctance of leaving Spain.
The 20-year-old endured a somewhat mixed spell in his debut season at Barca. He scored three goals in all competitions but was a defensive liability in several demanding fixtures due to his propensity of driving forward.
Due to his lack of defensive awareness, he had to compete with the likes of Oscar Mingueza and Sergi Roberto for a place in the eleven. Next season is going to be no different for the American international as the Catalans have signed Real Betis’ Emerson Royal who was one of La Liga’s standout full-backs for the past two seasons.
The competition for a spot in the starting eleven has only intensified for Sergino Dest, but the former Ajax Amsterdam defender remains true to his cause of competing for a spot in the starting eleven. Ronald Koeman has also occasionally used him as a left-back in absence of Jordi Alba and his versatility to operate on either side could provide him with an advantage next season to secure more game time.
Meanwhile, Bayern Munich have actually dodged a bullet by losing out on the American international. Dest’s style of play is similar to that of Benjamin Pavarad and Bayern are in the need of a more defensive right-back rather than an all-out attacking one. Who do you think is the ideal right-back for Julian Naglesmann in this summer’s transfer window?