Barcelona have announced the signing of Portuguese right-back Nelson Semedo from Benfica, pending a clinical on Friday.
A preliminary €30 million fee + €5 million in bonuses was enough to clinch an offer for that 23-year-old, who's considered as Barca’s lengthy-term solution at right-back.
Nelson Semedo has six caps for that Portuguese national team, earning his first call-in October 2015, and many lately switched out in the FIFA Confederations Cup
Barcelona hastened their efforts to sign the Primeira Liga and Taca de Portugal champion after it grew to become obvious that Arsenal wouldn't budge within their stance that Hector Bellerin wasn't for purchase at any cost.
Barcelona have battled at right-back because the departure of Dani Alves in 2016. Sergi Roberto, a midfielder, occupied the positioning for many of last season as Aleix Vidal went lower by having an ankle injuries that restricted him to simply six La Liga appearances.
Nelson Semedo is definitely an attacking, modern-day full-back whose abilities propelled him in the Benfica B team towards the senior team in 2015. His bursts of pace in the right flank and skill to dribble past players helped him to 6 assists from 31 appearances within the Primeira Liga last season.
Though noted for the periodic lapse in concentration, Semedo demonstrated huge enhancements to his overall game in 2016/17, that was the very first season the Portuguese worldwide nailed lower a beginning berth at right-back with Benfica’s first team.
Barcelona aspire to add Nelson Semedo for their squad for that pre-season tour from the U . s . States.