Barcelona makes its first acquisition of the summer time, signing Portuguese right back Nelson Semedo from Benfica for a small fee of €30 million, plus €5 million for every 50 games he plays for that existence of his new five-year hire the Catalan club. After Arsenal rebuffed Barcelona’s offers for La Masia product Hector Bellerin, Barcelona quickly managed to move on to organize B and nabbed an excellent player for any lesser fee.
Semedo’s transfer is a big success for Barcelona’s much-maligned board. As the curiosity about Bellerin appeared to exist exclusively while he was familiar towards the club and never his actual ability, the board demonstrated good restraint in not overpaying Arsenal for him and rather purchased Semedo, a 23-year-old who fits the profile of the Barcelona fullback perfectly, filled with pace, energy and creativeness. Whether or not the fee increases to €50 million, it’ll mean Semedo has performed 200 games for that club, which many appearances alone will justify this acquisition at this cost.
The present marketplace for top fullbacks also paints the relocate an optimistic light. Semedo is really a much better footballer than Kyle Master, whom Pep Guardiola just employed to Manchester City for £50 million, and that he is much better than Bellerin, whom Arsenal valued at £50 million or even more while he lately signed an agreement extension. Benjamin Mendy is originating off an incredible season at Monaco, but another £50 million fee from City for him will make Semedo seem like a good deal in comparison.
Semedo performed 44 games for that Liga NOS champions last season, including beginning all eight of Benfica’s Champions League games. Nelsinho was an important of Portugal’s best defensive team coupled with several standout performances, including one against Borussia Dortmund within the Champions League knockout round. He was among the couple of defenders within the league to average 1.1 key passes per game and the average of just one.6 dribbles per game was tenth very best in the league.
Barça’s capture of Semedo also adds some clearness and solidity in midfield. Sergi Roberto has become liberated to return to his natural midfield place after performing admirably because the deputy back last season. Roberto isn’t a lock to become a top six midfielder for Barcelona this year – as of this moment he’ll be competing with Denis Suarez, Andre Gomes, Arda Turan, Sergi Samper and Rafinha for minutes, though a couple of of individuals players may be passed by the beginning of the growing season – however the ability he demonstrated on your ball even while an opposing player was noticeable.
Roberto would be a key estimate Barcelona’s two most memorable moments of year, scoring the comeback-clinching goal against PSG and driving the ball toward help create Lionel Messi’s winning goal in Barcelona’s thrilling Clasico victory in Madrid. If he is able to reproduce that magic regularly in midfield, it will likely be an attractive consequence of Semedo’s arrival.
Possibly the only Barça player who isn’t pleased with this move is Aleix Vidal. Purchased two season ago from Sevilla to become Barcelona’s backup after which, presumably, substitute for Dani Alves, Vidal’s amount of time in Catalonia continues to be ravaged by injuries and misfortune. Barcelona’s transfer ban within the summer time of 2015 cost him half a season and the damaged leg last season stored him out just about all year. He’s accumulated only 11 league starts and a little more than 1,000 minutes throughout his two seasons in the club, and today it seems he’ll remain a backup option without ever obtaining a real opportunity to earn a beginning place.
If Vidal is satisfied with this, though, this signing is wonderful for Barcelona on all fronts. They’ve obtained a tantalizingly skilled player, moved among the couple of La Masia graduates within the team to his natural position and also have a backup in Vidal that has enough quality in order to save the club €5 million approximately throughout the next couple of years by continuing to keep Semedo around the bench as he needs rest.
Possibly Barcelona aren’t purchasing a totally polished product in Semedo, but in my experience that belongs to the benefit of the signing. Semedo still has some growing to complete like a player, but famous the young right backs in Europe, he’s the gamer that many resembles the profile of Barcelona’s Dani Alves. In modern football, a lot of fullbacks like to get forward, what Alves offered Barcelona was a lot more than an attacking option. He’d the touch, imagination and motor to become Messi’s dance partner around the touchline while still possessing the opportunity to cover defensively.
Bellerin has got the sports traits to pay for much ground and that he offers Arsenal an attacking option moving forward, but his game lacks the tactical and technical nuance to exchange Alves’ contributions. Semedo differs. He’s all of the flair you can want inside a RB, a great feeling of making key passes round the opponent’s box, great agility and touch to experience cute 1-2s with Messi lower the wing and blazing pace to pay for if needed.
Defensively Semedo is less solid as Alves and that he includes a slight physique, but only at that age that is not an unexpected. When the Catalans can groom his tackling and timing a little on defense, using the natural offensive instincts and talent he’s, he is able to be Barcelona’s beginning back for any very lengthy time.