Official: Barcelona sign €21m Dest from Ajax

Ronald Koeman has prioritised the signing of a right-back this summer and has finally got his man

1:02pm on Thursday 1st October 2020
Martin Macdonald

Barcelona have signed Sergino Dest from Ajax for €20m.

After replacing Quique Setien as head coach of the Blaugrana, Ronald Koeman was tasked with reinvigorating a squad which had failed to win silverware for the first time in 12 years in the 2019/20 campaign.

Several players including Luis Suarez, Ivan Rakitic, and Arturo Vidal had been deemed surplus to requirements at the Camp Nou and were subsequently sold.

Another player who left was right-back Nelson Semedo who joined Wolves.

With only Sergi Roberto as a senior right-back, Koeman prioritised acquisition of another defender to challenge for that position, and has now got his wish with the signing of 19-year-old Dest.

Sergino Dest, Eredivisie 19/20

Tackles P901.6
Interceptions P901.1
Ball Recoveries P906.1
Duels Won P904.5
Crosses P902.6
Final Third Passes P9019
Touches P9072.7
Average Rating6.8

Both Barcelona and Bayern reportedly had bids accepted for the USA international, but the player ultimately chose to sign for the former.

When Dest makes his debut he will become the first American in history to feature for the first team.

He has signed a five-year deal with Barca.

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