Barcelona have arrived at a contract to sign Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo, the club confirmed on Thursday.
Sporting director Robert Fernandez and board member Javier Bordas were among a delegation which travelled to Portugal on Thursday to finalise a transfer which sources told ESPN FC could achieve €35 million with variables.
Semedo, 23, had already arrived at a contract with Barca over personal terms and can undergo a clinical within the Catalan city on Friday.
Getting selected to not replace Dani Alves as he left for Juventus this past year, staying with Sergi Roberto and Aleix Vidal, Barca had targeted Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin the 2009 summer time.
Bellerin themself accepted Barca’s interest made him happy, but he won’t be re-joining his former club because of Arsenal’s desire not to sell.
Additionally, individuals responsible for the club’s transfer activity — Fernandez, Bordas, Ernesto Valverde, Pep Segura and Raul Sanllehi — weren’t in complete agreement more than a move for that The country worldwide.
Nelson Semedo had formerly decided to personal terms with Barcelona.
Rather, they pressed up with their curiosity about Portuguese worldwide Semedo, who became a member of Benfica from Sintrense this year but only has established themself like a regular in Rui Vitoria’s side over the past 18 several weeks.
For the reason that time he’s made his debut for Portugal and it was area of the squad which came third only at that summer’s Confederation’s Cup in Russia.
Semedo, who’s symbolized by Jorge Mendes’ agency Gestifute, becomes Barca’s third signing from the summer time, following the choice to sign Marlon Santos on the permanent basis and promote him towards the first team and also the return of Gerard Deulofeu from Everton inside a €12 million deal.
Speaking on Thursday, president Josep Maria Bartomeu stated the club remained as searching to create “2 or 3 signings” from elsewhere.
With the proper-back position sorted, Barca’s priority has become locating a new central midfielder, with Paris Saint-Germain’s Marco Verratti, Guangzhou Evergrande’s Paulinho and Santos’ Lucas Lima all targets.
Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC. Follow him on Twitter @SamuelMarsden.