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Nelson Semedo undergoes Barcelona medical after Hector Bellerin move rejected by Arsenal

14 Julio 2017

Capable of playing as a full-back on either side or in a back-three, Azpilicueta certainly offers greater versatility than Bellerin and that is also important in light of Barcelona's agreement to sign Portuguese right-back Nelson Semedo from Benfica.

Yesterday, we reported on how a delegation from Barcelona flew to Lisbon to complete negotiations with Benfica for their right-back Nelson Semedo.

A serious knee injury suffered when making his Portugal debut against Serbia cut short his debut season, but it did not check his development and the next campaign Semedo was arguably, along with midfielder Pizzi, Benfica's most impressive performer, helping the club win a fourth successive Primeira Liga title and shining in the Champions League.

Semedo's departure is no surprise given his superb season that culminated with a place in the Portugal squad for the recent Confederations Cup tournament. As well as the aforementioned André Silva, namesake Bernardo Silva moved to Manchester City in the EPL after his magnificent showings for Monaco.

Reports in Spain say the Catalans will pay a transfer fee of more than £26m for the Portuguese international.

The 23-year-old's arrival will be a huge boost to all at Barca given he will solve their problems at right-back ahead of Ernesto Valverde's first season in charge, and it appears as though confirmation of the move will arrive before the weekend.

Nelson Semedo undergoes Barcelona medical after Hector Bellerin move rejected by Arsenal