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Barcelona sign Portuguese star for €30 million

Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo has joined the Catalan side on a five-year deal.

Nelson Semedo has won six caps for Portugal.
Nelson Semedo has won six caps for Portugal.
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BARCELONA HAVE AGREED a deal to sign Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo on a five-year deal, the Spanish club announced on Thursday.

Barcelona said Semedo would undergo a medical on Friday after Spanish press reports said they had agreed to pay a transfer fee of €30 million (£26.4 million).

The deal for the 23-year-old Portuguese international could see Benfica receive a further five million euros in bonuses, several Spanish newspapers said on Thursday.

The fee would make Semedo the second most expensive defender in Barcelona’s history behind Dani Alves, who cost €36 million including bonuses when he joined from Sevilla in 2008.

The move for Semedo follows the return of Spain winger Gerard Deulofeu to the Camp Nou from Everton on a two-year deal.

The Catalans, who have appointed Ernesto Valverde as coach to succeed Luis Enrique, have also extended Lionel Messi’s contract until 2021.

© AFP 2017

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