Bayern Munich are ahead of fellow European giants Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain in the race to sign Ajax right-back Sergino Dest, according to French football expert Julien Laurens. Dest has been a regular for Ajax this season, making 32 appearances in all competitions since making his debut last August.
The 19-year-old was born in Holland but committed his international future to the USA in October 2019 and has won three caps for the USMNT.
Laurens says both Barca and PSG are keen on signing a right-back, with Dest on their list of targets.
However, he claims Bayern are currently at the front of the queue for the teenager’s signature.
“Well we know Barcelona are looking for a right-back,” Laurens told ESPN FC.
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“The Nelson Semedo experiment hasn’t really worked out and how he’s on the market, they’re trying to sell him.
“Sergi Roberto who has mostly played at right-back is not a right-back, we know that he is a midfielder.
“They need a proper right-back and I think Dest, not just for Barcelona but for a lot of top teams, is quite high on the list for the ones looking for a right-back.
“I know that PSG, who also are looking for a right-back, have enquired, I know that Bayern Munich have also enquired and showed an interest already.
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“I would be very surprised if he was still at Ajax next season unless he decides to stay another year to keep his progress and keep improving and then leave in the following summer.
“I still think that Bayern Munich are a little bit ahead of everybody else.”
Bayern signed Alvaro Odriozola on loan from Real Madrid in January but Laurens says the Spaniard has not done enough to warrant a permanent move.
“They got Odriozola in January as a sort of experiment but because it hasn’t really worked out they want someone to fill that position or at least be in the squad,” he added.
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“They clearly want someone who can be there for the next 10 years or so and I think Dest for many reasons ticks all the boxes for a club like Bayern.
“Of course you can put forward that he doesn’t have much experience because he hasn’t played a lot of games but he had a big experience in the Champions League which is surely worth a lot of Eredivisie league matches if you want in terms of numbers.
“So I don’t think experience is an issue with him.
“He’s 19, so much energy and so much talent and still so much room for improvement that every club, and especially someone like Bayern Munich, is right to be after him.”
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