Written By Onyeka Daniel
With less than 48hrs to the closing of the transfer window, it is finally dawning on Barcelona defender, Sergino Dest, that he truly doesn’t have a future at the club and that no top club will be coming for him.
There have been talks of an interest from English Premier League side, Manchester United, but the interest was never firm and the player is now set to join fellow La Liga side, Villarreal, reportedly on a loan deal.
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After Juan Foyth suffered an injury that is expected to keep him out for more than a month, the Yellow Submarines have been in the market for a defender to sign to cover for the injured player.
Their initial approach for Dest was rejected, as the player was holding out for a move to a more prestigious club. With Manchester United coach, Erik Ten Hag confirming that Aaron Wan-Bissaka will be staying at Old Trafford, it effectively ruled out a move for Dest.
With no offer arriving, he’s now set to accept the offer from Villarreal, according to transfer expert, Fabrizio Romano.
Barcelona have been looking to get rid of the USA defender and it now looks like they would finally get their wish, but it’s still unclear if it would be a loan move or a permanent deal.
Dutch giants, Ajax appear to have pulled the plug on their deal to sign Sevilla winger, Lucas Ocampos, as they reportedly want to renegotiate the terms of the deal and the player was turn back to Spain after flying out for the medical.
Ajax reportedly struck a deal worth £17m with La Liga side Sevilla for Ocampos, but, according to Telegraaf, the higher powers at Ajax pulled the plug on the deal as they felt it was an ‘irresponsible’ piece of business.
They decided to ‘veto’ the signing and pointed at the bumper, multi-year contract that he was set to sign as the reason why. Ocampos was then made to fly back to Seville and wait to hear whether he would be leaving the Spanish side in what remains of the transfer window.
He could still end up at Ajax, as they have now reopened talks with Sevilla over a loan move for the forward. The Dutch side are looking to replace Brazilian winger, Antony, who joined Manchester United and Ocampos is expected to fill that role. They’re also reported to be in talks to resign Moroccan winger, Hakim Ziyech from Chelsea on a loan move.
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(Fabrizio Romano and Telegraaf)