Report: Barcelona could terminate Sergino Dest's contract


Sergiño Dest of FC Barcelona looks on during the pre-season friendly match between FC Barcelona and Real Madrid at AT&T Stadium on July 29, 2023 in Arlington, Texas.

Barcelona are reportedly considering terminating Sergino Dest’s contract, with the Catalan outfit struggling to find a buyer for the United States international.

The 22-year-old is back at Camp Nou this summer following an unsuccessful loan spell at AC Milan last season.

Dest only featured on 14 occasions for Milan during the 2022-23 campaign, with just eight of those appearances coming in Serie A, and the Italian outfit turned down the chance to sign him permanently.

The American has another two years left to run on his contract at Barcelona, but he is not in the plans of the Catalan outfit’s head coach Xavi.

Dest played the final 15 minutes of Saturday’s El Clasico, which Barcelona won 3-0, but it is thought to be unlikely that he will still be at the club beyond the end of the summer transfer window.

According to journalist Javi Miguel, Xavi’s team are finding it difficult to find a buyer for Dest, who is on a big contract at Camp Nou.

As a result, the La Liga champions are said to be considering terminating his deal, as removing his wages would make room in the budget for another signing to arrive.

There is believed to be some loan interest in the defender, although Barcelona would insist that a mandatory purchase option was included in any deal.

Dest made the move to Camp Nou from Ajax in the summer of 2020, and he has represented the Catalan side on 72 occasions in all competitions.

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