DEST JOINS MILAN

AC Milan have completed the signing of United States international Sergino Dest on a season-long loan from Barcelona, the Spanish club announced Thursday. The Serie A champions have an option to make the deal permanent next summer for €20 million.

Dest, 21, initially said he wanted to stay at Camp Nou but changed his mind after being left out of the squad for the opening three games of the season.

Dest, 21, initially said he wanted to stay at Camp Nou but changed his mind after being left out of the squad for the opening three games of the season.

The defender is set to feature for U.S. at the World Cup, which begins in November, and he decided the offer from Milan, who will play in the Champions League this season, was too good to turn down.

Milan's interest only arrived Wednesday after they lost right-back Alessandro Florenzi to injury. Dest's camp was contacted by the Italian side in the late afternoon and by the evening an agreement was in place, with the player flying to Italy on Thursday to complete the deal.