FC Barcelona and Ajax reached an agreement in principles regarding the transfer of Sergino Dest. Barça will pay 20 million euros fixed + 5 million in variables.
Barcelona was in the race with Bayern Munich to sign the young star, and as things stand, the Catalan club has agreed with Ajax to sign the player. Dest, himself, also prefers to join Barça over Bayern — most likely because he has a higher guarantee of play-time after Nelson Semedo’s departure, whereas Bayern’s full-back is Benjamin Pavard, with Kimmich as back-up.
As sources from Barça have confirmed the signing, Culés look forward to seeing the 19-year-old at the Camp Nou and ultimately seek to solve the right-back problem at the club ever since Dani Alves left. Even though Bayern Munich is still in the race, Dest will have the final say regarding his transfer, and evaluating the circumstances, it is very likely that the Dutchman will choose for Barça.
Sources: Oriol Domènech, Alfredo Martinez, TV3, Rac1
Barcelona don’t lose comeback hope with Messi’s outrageous stats vs Sevilla
Later on tonight, Barcelona will do their best to mount another incredible comeback, this time against Sevilla. The Andalusians were the better team in the first leg of the Copa del Rey, winning 2-0 at their home ground. Today, however, they travel to the Camp Nou where they’ll try and keep their lead alive.
And even though we’re talking here about a very strong opponent, the Catalans have reasons to be optimistic. The first one is of course their recent result against that very same opponent. The two sides met in La Liga last weekend and Barcelona snatched up all three points in a convincing 2-0 victory.
This suggests they indeed do have what it takes to edge past Julen Lopetegui’s troops, especially since the game will be played in Catalonia. But there is also one other weapon Barcelona have at their disposal; one that is not exactly a big secret – Lionel Messi.
The little Argentine does feel like a cheat code at times but against Sevilla, that is even more true than usual. After all, Leo has already scored 38 goals and assisted further 19 in just 42 games played against this opposition.
That amounts to 57 goal contributions in 42 games. Even for Messi’s godly standards, that is just an unreal number. With such a player in your team, you can’t help but feel optimistic and hopeful regardless of the opposition.
Of course, we can’t expect Leo to solve games of this magnitude on his own so everyone will have to pull their weight. But even with that being said, if Messi can do what Messi usually does, Barcelona’s ultimate goal becomes that much easier to reach.
With morale high and players ready to tango, it should definitely be a thrilling contest to watch.
Let’s hope Ronald Koeman gets it right. And then, suddenly, the whole season can turn out that much sweeter.