AC Milan are hopeful of beating Villarreal to the signing of United States international Sergino Dest on loan from Barcelona, sources have confirmed to ESPN.

Dest was reconsidering an offer from LaLiga side Villarreal after a phone call from coach Unai Emery, but sources say the 21-year-old is much more attracted by Milan's offer.

Sources say the Italian side are in advanced talks with Barca over a deal which would see Dest move to Italy on a season-long loan with an option to make the move permanent next summer.

Villarreal had approached Dest about a season-long loan earlier this week after losing right-back Juan Foyth to injury, but the United States international was initially reluctant to accept their offer.

However, under intense pressure to leave from Barcelona, and given the need to play regularly before the World Cup, Dest decided to re-evaluate his options before the transfer window closes on Thursday.