Barcelona defender set to join Bundesliga side on loan, negotiations in advanced stages

Despite the financial strain, FC Barcelona are making headway with the new project and enters a crucial summer transfer window, where months of preparation will finally come to fruition.

However, in order to secure the signing of players on the club’s shortlist, exits will be as important as arrivals and careful consideration of players previously on loan will hold significant weightage.

With management changes and hierarchal overhauls, players that were not requested personally by Xavi’s coaching staff still linger in the club. Misfits from previous administrations catered for different play styles creating unrest as well as a burden on the wage bill.

Sergino Dest is one of the players that continues to be an outcast for the Blaugranas. Having spent the initial few months under Xavi’s reign, he was sent out on loan to Milan, where the player racked up a measly 633 minutes spread over 14 games. Since January 24, the American has stopped being counted for games – shunned by the Italians as well.

A new report has come out from Mundo Deportivo, claiming that the German club Union Berlin is keen on acquiring Dest’s services. Nearing in on a Champions League qualification, the club is unsurprisingly interested in bolstering their squad.

Dest, as an overly offensive right-back, found stylistic conflicts with Xavi’s structural blueprint, who has emphasized on playing with a more defensively sound right-back. An alternative on Xavi’s agenda is Juan Foyth.

According to reports, interest in him stems from the fact that he is known for his strong tackling ability, good positioning, and excellent technical skills on the ball. He is also comfortable playing in a possession-based system, which is a key component of Barcelona’s style of play. Defensively sound and adept at overlapping, he presents a more adequate profile.

Considering these differences, Dest has a chance to turn over a new leaf at Union Berlin, which allows Barcelona to recover their finances and wages in the meanwhile. If his potential spell with the Germans goes to plan, a better price tag can also eventually be fetched for the full-back.

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