Barcelona right-back Sergino Dest, who has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, appears to be heading to Italy on deadline day.
Perhaps the biggest reason for Dest being linked with a loan move to United stems from the fact he played under Erik ten Hag at Ajax, like a lot of our targets this summer.
However, the United States international joined Barcelona in 2020 but things didn’t go to plan at Camp Nou, and he has fallen down Xavi’s pecking order for a place in the line-up.
Dest is now set for a loan switch to AC Milan with the deal including an option to sign him permanently for €20 million, as per Fabrizio Romano.
Sergiño Dest to AC Milan, here we go and confirmed! Full agreement, loan with buy option around €20m not mandatory. Dest will sign until June 2027, one year loan plus potential four year deal. 🚨🔴⚫️ #ACMilan
Dest will fly to Milano on Wednesday morning to sign contracts. pic.twitter.com/WA8woDWEg2
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) August 31, 2022
It is believed that United did not make a formal offer for Dest because Aaron Wan-Bissaka was always unlikely to leave this summer. Not because he is rated by the coaches but because there wasn’t any real serious interest – when it came to meeting United’s asking price.
Dest has already arrived in Milan to begin his medical tests ahead of completing his move. He made 72 appearances for Barcelona, but he was left out of the matchday squad by Xavi for the first three La Liga games of this season.
🏥 Dest arrives at La Madonnina clinic to begin his medical…
— SempreMilanTV (@SempreMilanTV) September 1, 2022
A move to Milan will see the 17-cap USA international play regular football ahead of the World Cup in November.