Manchester United are set to make another big splash in the transfer window as the Red Devils prepare a 35 million bid for Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo.
According to The Daily Mirror, Jose Mourinho considers Semedo to be the long haul successor for United’s ideal right-back position and Manchester United are consulting with the Portuguese champions for the move. However, the club are reluctant to let the defender leave before the end of the season.
Another media outlet A Bola asserted Semedo can be the most costly Portuguese player ever to leave the nation when he leaves the club after another Manchester united target Lindelof in 2017. It is assumed that Benfica president Luis Filipe Vieira talked about Semedo when he was in England to finalise Lindelof’s £38million move to Old Trafford. Reportedly Manchester United scouted the player for the last one year and now will hold off on their move for Semedo until the summer which will allow him to complete the current campaign with Benfica as per the Portuguese giant’s choice.
Nelson Semedo is a Portuguese international who has developed as one of the brightest full-backs of Portuguese Liga in the current campaign. The Portugal international won a regular spot in the Benfica line-up since last season and since then the full-back has cemented his place in the current Benfica squad and has impressed everyone with his both defensive and offensive duties on the right side of the pitch.
He has played in every match of Benfica’s current Champions league campaign and featured in all the matches of their domestic league also. The 23-year-old also recently got a call-up from the national side.
Manchester United were in for a defensive full-back backup option for sometimes now and were linked with the likes of Seamus Coleman, Fabinho, Joao Cancelo and lots more. But now it seems Jose Mourinho has finally found his option for the right side of the defensive line and ready to wrap up the deal soon in early January along with the Portuguese international’s club team-mate Victor Lindelof.