Per a new report from Sky Germany, Bayern Munich is now pushing forward for the transfer of Sergiño Dest from Ajax. The report suggests that personal terms have already been agreed upon, and that the only thing left at this point is the two clubs agreeing on a transfer fee for the 19-year old. The deal would see Dest sign a five year contract with Bayern and he would likely serve as a backup defender, primarily at the right back position, at least to start with.
Aside from the personal terms having already been agreed upon, Bayern and Ajax are still trying to negotiate an appropriate transfer fee. Ajax had initially valuated Dest at 30 million euros, but Bayern didn’t really want to spend more than 10 million on him. Ajax is now asking for a fee of 20 million plus 5 million in add-ons, which is less than their original asking price.
Of course, now that Thiago Alcantara to Liverpool is a done deal for 30 million Euros, Bayern now has more wiggle room in terms of funds for the transfer of Dest. On top of that, Dest wants to move to Bayern and Barcelona, who has also been linked with him, can no longer put a bid in for him at this point that would be as lucrative as Bayern’s. Timing in this situation significantly favors Bayern, as Barcelona would have to sell players in order to be able to offer enough money to Ajax for Dest, per Fabrizio Romano:
Bayern Münich have now opened talks with Ajax for Sergiño Dest [first target as per @cfbayern]. Hansi Flick wants him as also Ronald Koeman... Barcelona already contacted his agents but need to sell players [Semedo] before signing new ones [same as Depay deal]. #FCB #Bayern— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 17, 2020
At this point, it seems inevitable that Bayern will get a deal for Dest over the line at some point in the near future. Internally, the club still sees Corentin Tolisso as somewhat of a midfield replacement for Thiago, but time will tell where else Bayern will try to re-invest some of their funds.