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FC Barcelona Announces Player Transfer

FC Barcelona has announced a player transfer through an official statement shared on social media and published via its website.

“FC Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven have reached an agreement for the transfer of the player Sergino Dest. FC Barcelona retains a percentage of any future sale,” the statement began, in turn appearing to communicate that Barca has not been able to receive any money for the Netherlands-born defender.

Barca noted that Dest arrived at Barca in 2020 from Ajax to “become the first ever USA international to play for the blaugranes” when it bought the 20-year-old for a €21 million fee plus a further €5 million in variables.

Dest made a total of 72 appearances as a Barca player, 56 of which came as a starter.

“In those games for the Barca first team, Dest scored three goals and provided four assists, claiming a Copa del Rey title in the two seasons in which he formed part of the first team squad,” the club noted.

“The defender brings to a close his time as a blaugrana after spending the last two seasons out on loan. In 2022/23, Dest was at AC Milan, making 14 appearances before joining PSV Eindhoven the following campaign where he made 34 appearances in 2023/24,” Barca concluded.

Dest joined PSV on loan initially after returning to Barca yet failing to convince former head coach Xavi Hernandez that he deserved a spot at right back despite the first XI lacking a natural in the position.

As Dest left, Barca managed to secure Joao Cancelo from Manchester City on a temporary assignment and will try to make that move permanent this summer.

PSV seems to have got one over on Barca by previously turning down the option to buy Dest for €11 million following a May ACL injury which CBS Sports reported could sideline him for up to nine months.

Yet offloading Dest is still beneficial to Barca, which can get his salary off the wage bill and further balance the books while moving towards falling on the right side of Financial Fair Play limits and hopefully returning to the 1:1 rule.

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