Manchester United set to bid €35m for Benfica right back Nelson Semedo – report

by Leo Nieboer

Manchester United are set to make a €35m bid for Benfica full-back Nelson Semedo this summer, according to reports from Portugal.

It was reported earlier this year that a deal in principle had been agreed with the 23-year-old, who has just finished his first season as a regular in the Benfica starting XI, making 46 appearances.

Jose Mourinho has already signed one defender from the Portuguese champions this summer in the form of Victor Lindelof, arriving last week for a fee of £30.7m.

And according to Portuguese outlet Mundo Deportivo‘s Francesc Aguilar, Man United make a €35m bid for the full-back, who has also emerged on Barcelona’s radar.

Semedo, when asked about a potential move away back in December, came across as somebody keen on spending more time playing regularly with his current club – much like Ajax’s Kasper Dolberg – before opting for a move elsewhere.

Then again, if Benfica receive another offer they can’t refuse and a move to Old Trafford is on the table, the Portuguese may regret passing it up a year later. Football, after all, is an ever-changing landscape.

It all boils down to a simply dichotomy: spend another year asserting yourself on the Benfica starting XI, or take a slight risk and rival Antonio Valencia for a place at right back next season?

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