Portugal's talent exodus continues as Nélson Semedo signs for Barcelona

Portugal's talent exodus continues as Nélson Semedo signs for Barcelona”

Nelson Semedo came to the fore last season for Benfica, being a constant presence in their backline, with two goals and an impressive 12 assists from his 47 appearances for the club.

Barcelona will attempt to include add-ons into any deal for Semedo, in the hopes that they can negotiate a fee suitable for both parties.

Barca had tried to prise Bellerin back to the club but found Arsenal unwilling to do business and the player unwilling the rock the boat. Roberto, though, is set to be deployed in a more familiar central midfield role by Ernesto Valverde this season, which made addition of a right-back a priority for the Barcelona boss.

But just who is Nelson Semedo?

"He has some similar characteristics [to Alves] in that he's especially effective when bombing forward, not only with immense energy to drive to the byline, but also linking up with midfielders and forwards with nice combination plays and cutting inside", Kundert said.

Therefore, it did not come as surprise to see Fernando Santos award him the No.11 jersey for Portugal's Confederations Cup campaign this summer.

It was not in the least bit surprising, given that Javier Bordas, the member of the Barca board authorised to make offers, had travelled with Fernandez to the Portuguese capital.

Furthermore, the 23-year-old Portuguese international, who currently has six senior caps to his name, will undertake a medical, in Barcelona, this Friday. He also uses it to defend his team.

As a result, Barcelona have hastily turned their attention back to Semedo.

Samuel Marsden covers Barcelona for ESPN FC.

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