NEWS
Tuesday June 4 2019
Atletico Madrid insist on Barcelona's Nelson Semedo

Atletico Madrid are hopeful of including Nelson Semedo in any deal which sees Antoine Griezmann join Barcelona, report Diario Sport.

Portugal international Semedo has started less than half (36) La Liga matches since his arrival at the Camp Nou in the summer of 2017.

The fresh report claims that Barca are reluctant to sell the player below his €100m release clause ‘but they could rethink the issue’.

Semedo joined in a €35m deal from Benfica and whilst he is the only natural right-back in Ernesto Valverde’s first-team squad, the versatile Sergi Roberto has often been preferred to him.

A report in Diario AS last month claimed that Atleti have identified the Portugal international as the ideal replacement for Juanfran Torres, who is leaving the club this summer on a free transfer.

A previous report in Marca outlined how his 42% of minutes across first-team football this season is not enough for the Portuguese and he has informed the club that he may consider a move away.

It is said that the Catalan giants may be willing to recuperate the value which they spent upon the right-back two summers ago should a suitable offer come in.

The Blaugrana are desperately in need of generating transfer funds and freeing up wages this summer if they are to pursue their preferred transfer targets.

Moussa Wague, the Senegalese full-back signed last summer, could be promoted to the first-team squad.

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