With Sergio Dest set to return to Camp Nou this summer, Barcelona’s task to bring their wage cap into line with La Liga’s demands will become more challenging.
No changes on Sergiño Dest situation since December. AC Milan, not planning to trigger buy option clause in June 🇺🇸 #transfers
USMNT right back will return to Barça and then discuss his future at the end of the season. pic.twitter.com/09cwqCkmhK
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 27, 2023
Xavi had rejected the former Ajax player, who moved to Catalonia under Ronald Koeman. During the summer transfer window, he was loaned to AC Milan. The Serie A outfit also offered a purchase option of €20 million for the right-back. However, it is reported that he will return to the club this summer since Milan cannot sell him at the end of the season. Unsurprisingly, the Milan board considered his permanent signing impossible because of his inadequate role in the team and lacklustre performances.
Dest has not had the expected number of minutes of play and played in 14 meetings; only three were headlined. Another possibility that the American, on the left side, has been able to be with Theo Hernández is that it ranks among the three best in the world in this position in actuality. After graduating from the famed Ajax academy in 2020, the USMNT international joined Barcelona. In addition to a five-year deal, he signed a release clause of €400 million. Since Sergio Dest left, Xavi Hernández favours Jules Koundé as a right-back this season.
Milan’s transfer strategy last summer failed. Alongside Dest, Charles De Ketelaere, Divock Origi, and Malick Thiaw could not establish themselves as regular starters under Stefano Pioli. The 22-year-old has only managed two league starts in Italy.