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Barcelona happy with loanee’s displays at the World Cup, could make summer sale easier

Sergino Dest has been a regular fixture in the United States Men’s National Team starting XI that has progressed to the Round of 16 of the FIFA World Cup 2022.

The Barcelona right-back, who is currently on loan at AC Milan, had found game-time hard to come by in Italy this season. So, it had led to concerns about his form heading into the World Cup.

But Dest has been a key part of Gregg Berhalter’s plans in Qatar and according to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona are happy with how the young defender has been performing at the World Cup thus far.

The reason for that is not because the Catalans want to bring Dest back into the fold at Spotify Camp Nou after his loan spell. But instead, the club believe that a strong showing from the 22-year-old could make it easier for the Blaugrana to sell him next summer.

Since joining Milan on the summer deadline day, Dest has played just nine matches in all competitions (373 minutes), starting just two matches, failing to score or assist a single goal. He has failed to earn a regular berth in Stefano Pioli’s side and has also had fitness issues to contend with.

But, at the World Cup, he has started each of USMNT’s three matches and has even managed to chalk up an assist against his name in the 234 minutes he has played, helping his team progress to the knockout stages.

It is no secret that Barcelona are on the lookout for a new right-back. The Blaugrana wish to strengthen the position as early as January, and there is simply no place for Dest in Xavi Hernandez’s plans at Spotify Camp Nou.

But what a good run at the World Cup will do is it will help Barcelona find a suitor for the former AFC Ajax man for next year when they can permanently sell the 22-year-old and generate some revenue while also saving his salary, which is important given their current situation.

Dest joined Barcelona from Ajax in 2020 and made 72 appearances before moving to Milan on loan in the summer. As things stand, he may very well have played his final game for the Catalan giants.

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