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Barça and Ajax reach principle agreement over Sergino Dest

Zafer Cincil

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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

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‘I am looking forward to this match’ – Pjanić talks ahead of his Juventus return

Domagoj Kostanjšak

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Tonight, Juventus will host Barcelona in Turin for the second matchday of the Champions League group stages. With both teams having won their first clash in Europe, they are looking to take control of the table by beating their biggest rival.

For Miralem Pjanić, however, this will be more than a big clash. After all, he will potentially face his former team should Ronald Koeman choose to give him a shot. Needless to say, he is excited about it, as he told the press ahead of the clash.

“I am looking forward to this match with a lot of enthusiasm, for all the people I know and I appreciate here at Juventus, but now I am a Barça player.”

The Bosnian midfielder has mostly been among the substitutes but he is ready to give his all, both in training and in games. Of course, with the coach mostly electing to field two midfielders, it was tough to get a spot in the gala XI.

“I’m at a big club and it’s normal that there is competition. We can also play three in the midfield, but that depends on the coach. All I can do is train hard.”

“It’s a new system and I have to adapt to it. I’ve also changed leagues, it’s a new country. I’ll do my best to help my team, like I did at Juve.”

Of course, Barcelona’s start to the season was rocky, to say the least. However, the campaign is long and the team is improving.

“The team has the quality to be successful. In the league we are not where we want to be but the season is a long one.” 

Pjanić also had to comment on both Lionel Messi and Antoine Griezmann, players who will definitely be in the spotlight in Turin.

“Messi is the best of all time and it is a privilege to play alongside him. It’s a unique chance to have played alongside Messi and Cristiano.” 

“Griezmann is a goalscorer and a great player and I am sure he will play well in the next few games. When he start to score goals, he will be vitally important for the team.” 

Finally, a couple of words on Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus and the fact that Barcelona will once again play in an empty stadium.

“They are a very strong team so it will be a difficult game but our objective is to be at our best to pick up all three points.” 

“I know Juventus very well and I am waiting excitedly for the game. We would like to play in front of the fans. Let’s hope we can overcome the current situation as quickly as possible.” 

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