Barcelona full back Sergino Dest is on the move, returning to the country of his birth to play for PSV Eindhoven. It’s the second season running that Dest has been loaned out having spent last term in Serie A with Milan. Here are the full details of the Sergino Dest PSV transfer.
The 22 year old will initially move on loan to the Eredivisie club. He previously came through the ranks at PSV Eindhoven’s major domestic rivals Ajax, making 20 league appearances for the Amsterdam club in the 2019/20 season whilst playing 8 times in the Champions League.
Barcelona were quick to snap up Dest, paying an initial €21m fee for the youngster’s services late in the summer 2020 transfer window. The USA international would make 51 appearances in La Liga for Barca over the course of his first two seasons at Camp Nou but struggled for consistency in an under performing team and was one of the players to fall down the pecking order last year as the Catalan club made some significant additions with Jules Kounde taking over as the main right back.
Sergino Dest PSV transfer – Full Terms
FC Barcelona and PSV Eindhoven have reached an agreement for the loan of the player Sergiño Dest until 30 June 2024. The Dutch club has an option to buy. The club reserves the right to a percentage of any future sale of the player.
— FC Barcelona (@FCBarcelona) August 21, 2023
Sergino Dest moves to PSV on what is initially a one year loan that will run until the end of the 2023/24 season. He will link up with former Barca teammate Luuk de Jong who now plays his football at the Philips Stadion.
The deal includes an option to buy. If all goes well, PSV could make the transfer permanent next summer for a fee that has been reported at €10m. That would still represent a significant loss on the amount Barcelona paid for Dest three years ago, but could prove a useful cash injection should Dest find his feet again in the Eredivisie after a frustrating season as a fringe player in Milan.
Barcelona have also included a clause in the deal which will see them receive a small percentage of any future transfer fee. It will also help with their short-term goals of freeing space in their budget to register players with Iñigo Martinez and Marcos Alonso still not registered. They are also still keen to make new signings with Joao Felix being linked with a move while Joao Cancelo could also be heading to Barcelona.
Is this the end for Dest’s Barca career?
PSV confirm Sergiño Dest has joined on a season-long loan from Barcelona with a €10m option to buy. Dest will wear No.8.🇺🇸 pic.twitter.com/o4bppvmMcC
— Ben Jacobs (@JacobsBen) August 21, 2023
This may well prove to be the end of Sergino Dest’s Barcelona career with little sign that Xavi sees him as part of his plans for the future. The inclusion of a buy option in the deal is a pretty clear sign that Barca would be happy for the player to leave on a permanent basis, but given Dest’s struggles in Italy, he would need to make a much bigger impression in Eindhoven if PSV are to be convinced to pay a significant transfer fee for his services.
Therefore it’s possible that Dest could end up back at Barcelona and in a similar position twelve months from now. His deal at the Catalan club runs until June 2025 and with little prospect of a renewal, the full-back may be allowed to leave for a significantly reduced fee next summer.
Part of the problem is Dest’s high salary and despite only starting two matches in Serie A, he was still one of the highest earning Milan players last term. This season, it’s believed Barcelona are still paying a significant chunk of his salary and PSV would not be able to match his current wage should they want to sign the player on a permanent basis.
As a result, it is possible that Dest returns to Barcelona next summer, although even if that is the case, it still feels like he may have played his last match for the Spanish champions. The hope from all parties will be that the player rediscovers some of the form that saw Barca move for the full back in the first place over the coming months in the Eredivisie.
Should that happen, it’ll be easier for Barcelona to move Dest on next year, whether that’s to PSV or another interested club.