DONE DEAL: Barca sign Benfica’s Semedo

Barcelona and Benfica have reached an agreement over the transfer of full-back Nelson Semedo in a deal thought to be worth an initial €30m.

Sporting director Robert Fernandez and Javier Bordas led a Catalan entourage to travel to Lisbon on Thursday to finalise the specifics of the deal, which could rise to €35m after bonuses are paid.

The 23-year-old will sign a five-year contract at the Camp Nou and is likely to become the club’s first choice right-back ahead of the versatile Sergi Roberto.

The position has been an issue for the club since last summer when they decided not to replace Dani Alves, while Aleix Vidal struggled for form and fitness.

It follows the club’s abandonment for a deal for Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin, who would have proved more costly and time-consuming to pursue.

Semedo becomes the club’s second signing of the summer following the €12m return of winger Gerard Deulofeu from Everton.

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