Dest, 19, will fly to Barcelona for his medical after agreeing to non-public phrases as Ronald Koeman closes in on his first signing as Camp Nou boss.
Bayern Munich have been additionally in the race, and based on ESPN sources, twice travelled to Amsterdam for talks, however the European champions have been unable to conform to a cope with Ajax for the proper again.
Sources have advised ESPN that Koeman was key in agreeing to the deal as he has had a long-standing curiosity in Dest. When he was Netherlands supervisor, he tried to steer Dest to declare for the Oranje, however Dest opted for the USMNT.
It’s been a outstanding rise for Dest, who has performed just one full season of first-team soccer at Ajax. While he’s anticipated to play a beginning function at Barca, sources have advised ESPN the membership have known as for endurance.
They see him as a participant with all of the attributes essential to succeed at Barcelona however consider he’s nonetheless creating as a participant.
But as Koeman begins his Barcelona rebuild, he has turned to Dest as the primary piece of the jigsaw. Barca’s curiosity in Dest was all the time dependent on gamers leaving Camp Nou.
Nelson Semedo‘s departure to Wolverhampton Wanderers freed up switch funds to permit Barca to make an official method for Dest, and after 4 days of negotiations, the 2 golf equipment have now come to an settlement.
Information from Barcelona correspondent Sam Marsden was used in this report