It has been an amazing 12 months for Sergino Dest. Last July he made a full debut for Ajax, then quickly established himself as one of the key first team players thanks to a fearlessness in possession and determination to succeed.
The modern day full-back is fast becoming one of the most interesting roles in the game and Dest's rise quickly led to a decision over which national team to represent—with the 18-year-old opting for the US Men's National Team over Netherlands in October. He now has three US international appearances to his name.
But Dest has a new dilemma—what to do with his club career? Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are all being linked with a transfer and Dest has to consider how he builds the next step of his career.
At this stage Bayern are clearly making the first move to sign him. He was first linked with a return in May and sources in Germany have confirmed to Bleacher Report that the Bundesliga champions are actively pursuing him ahead of next season.
"He is the number one target in that position and there is a real belief that the deal can happen," our insider explained. "But at the moment no agreement is close."
A prime reason for that is that Bayern have tried to open up the potential of a loan move, and Ajax are not interested. Dest can leave the Dutch champions, but only at the right price.
Sources indicated to B/R that Bayern have also been monitoring AS Monaco's Benjamin Henrichs as a new option at right-back, but are looking at Dest as a more realistic option because there is a feeling Henrichs is close to agreeing a move to RB Leipzig.
How would Bayern work out for Dest at this stage?
Marc Geschwind is a football analyst for EIF Soccer and a lifelong Ajax supporter who has watched Dest's emergence closer than most.