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Report:
Purported breakthrough in Sergino Dest talks may yield announcement soon

By Peter Vice

German giants FC Bayern München are said to have beaten out Barcelona and agreed to to terms with Ajax Amsterdam fullback Sergio Dest. The American international nevertheless remains in Holland even after Bayern placated his Dutch club with an augmented offer on Tuesday.

Germany's Bild Zeitung reports that Ajax administrators are mulling over a major decision, with an announcement possibly following today.

Sergino Dest.
Sergino Dest.Photo: Pedro Semitiel, Creative Commons, CC BY-SA 2.0

A reported breakthrough in the Sergino Dest talks leads one German newspaper to conclude that an announcement is imminent. Sky Sports confirms a forthcoming decision, but notes that the Azulgrana of FC Barcelona remain in the running for the 19-year-old.

The Bavarians are thought to have leapfrogged the Spaniards in terms of Dest's personal transfer preferences. German website Ligainsider nevertheless reports that Barça's recent sale of Nelson Semedo frees up enough cash for the Catalans. Conceivably, the La Liga entrants now have more wiggle room to either increase their loan with obligatory purchase clause or even submit a straight cash offer.

German footballing magazine Kicker cites inside sources to note that Bayern administrators currently consider a "secondary solution", perhaps implying that they've come up with a more lucrative bonus structure, are prepared to arrange their own loan deal, or even have a specific different player in mind for their right fullback back-up slot.

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