Nelson Semedo did not consider every other offers once he discovered Barcelona's interest, the Portuguese stated after joining the Catalan club from Benfica inside a deal worth a preliminary €30 million on Friday.
Semedo, 23, moves to Barca on the five-year deal because the Camp Nou club hope they have finally ended their look for a new right-back following a departure of Dani Alves last summer time.
Both Manchester U . s . and Manchester City had been associated with the Portugal worldwide, but he was resolute that his destination could be Barcelona.
"Barcelona was always my first option," he stated at his presentation when requested about City and United's interest. "I did not even consider every other offers. All players wish to play for Barcelona and I am the same. I had been really excited after i heard they desired to sign me.
"I'm very proud to put on this shirt and i'll try everything I'm able to with this club. I already understood exactly what a great club it's, however i have realized much more so today. I am really happy the offer continues to be pressed through."
Barca sounded out a number of right-back options before buying Semedo, with Arsenal's Hector Bellerin, who left the club like a teen, among their other targets.
Nelson Semedo supports the trophy after Benfica won their 36th league title. Getty Images
Speaking alongside Semedo at his presentation, sporting director Robert Fernandez declined to become attracted on if the club had arrived their first option.
"I do not like speaking about first options," he stated. "I have never checked out things as Plan A, Plan B. … Nelson's name emerged very early while he has got the physical and technical attributes we want and that i don't believe he'll have problems adjusting to the club.
"Yes, we did take a look at other players, but Nelson would be a player we'd viewed for any lengthy some time and finally we made the decision he was the main one we would have liked. We chose him because he's youthful, includes a big future in front of him and it has been playing at the very top level for any year . 5.Inch
Barca could finish up having to pay €35m for Semedo according to performance-related add-ons, however with Man City having to pay around €50m for Kyle Master, a global record fee for any defender, Fernandez is satisfied using the deal the Blaugrana were able to negotiate with Benfica.
"When you enter the transfer market, if you are searching for any youthful, worldwide player with Champions League experience there's likely to be a cost to pay for,Inch he added.
"Plenty of teams are searching for the similar things as us and right-back is really a key area on the market right now. A person went in England now [Master] for several money, to ensure that shows how difficult it's. So within the situation of Nelson, we did a great job [getting him for your cost]."