Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo is reportedly desperate to force a move to Manchester City, the latest reports say
Barcelona will look to reshuffle their squad in the summer transfer window, with numerous first-team players reportedly up for sale, including Semedo.
The Portuguese defender has been linked with a move to Manchester City over the past few weeks, with the Premier League side chasing a new right-back following Joao Cancelo’s disappointing first season at the Etihad.
Cancelo joined City from Juventus only last summer in a cash-plus-player exchange deal involving Danilo, who moved the opposite direction, but has failed to live up to expectations.
As a consequence, Pep Guardiola is determined to add a new wide defender to provide depth to Kyle Walker, who has been an invaluable asset for the Citizens ever since coming from Tottenham in 2017.
📰 — Semedo already has a personal agreement with Manchester City and has been negotiating for weeks. His arrival would facilitate Cancelo's move to Inter Milan, making Lautaro's operation easier and cheaper for Barca. [sport] pic.twitter.com/ygEwuDvycZ— Barça Universal (@BarcaUniversal) May 13, 2020
Indeed, the Spanish manager hopes to insert Cancelo as a makeweight in a deal to bring in Semedo, who could be counting his last days at Camp Nou.
According to WhoScored, the 26-year-old favors the prospect of swapping La Liga for the Premier League, which could help facilitate the transfer.
Semedo has registered 111 appearances for Barcelona since completing his €30.5m plus add-ons move from Benfica in 2017 but has struggled for consistency throughout the 2019/20 season.
Although he regained his first-team status following Ernesto Valverde’s departure, the pacey right-back has failed to convince the new manager, Quique Setien.
It’s been a lack of competition in the right-back position that helped Semedo re-establish himself as a regular starter at Barcelona, but things could change during the summer.
Setien is hopeful that he will be granted the opportunity to overhaul his squad when the transfer market reopens for business, and signing a right-back is part of his agenda.