When he moved from Benfica to Barcelona within the summer of 2017, Nelson Semedo was considered a robust player and has been perfectly adequate in his 71st team league starts thus far. But he’s been mostly within the background and nobody can expect him to be the main target of this summer’s network of transfer speculation across Europe.
This morning’s cover story by Mundo Deportivo describes him as a “central item” for Barcelona in its three main summer pursuits-those of Joao Cancelo, Neymar, and Lautaro Martinez.
As a player who is clearly regarded by the Blaugrana as expendable, but with respectable market price, he’s invaluable as a trade piece during this stunted summer marketplace for coronavirus.
Barcelona is predicted to use Portuguese defender Nelson Semedo as a makeweight for Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar, Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez, and Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo in future transfers. The vice-chairman of Barcelona recently suggested that the club would be using players in potential trade deals this summer due to the financial consequences of coronavirus outbreak.
According to Mundo Deportivo, Barca will still use Semedo as a makeweight since coming back from Benfica in 2017, despite the event of the 26-year-old into Team favorite right-back. Portugal International made 29 appearances at the side of Quique Setien during the present season, but in recent weeks the discussion about its future has slowed.
Barca is seemingly attempting to sign either Martinez or Neymar instead of both this summer, while Cancelo is claimed to possess emerged as a possible choice for defense. The Catalan giants have reportedly made available a variety of other players before the transfer window this summer.
They clearly won’t be ready to afford the upfront fee required for any of those goals, and they’ll need to convince every buying party that they are doing want the Portugal international within the deal.
Anybody’s guess is how they decide to compete without their only natural right-back within the squad.