Manchester United have been linked with a move for SL Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo for a while now, but Barcelona appear to have stolen a march in the race to sign him.

According to a report from the Independent tonight, the La Liga giants have lodged an opening offer worth £27m for the defender. Barca have dropped their interest in landing Hector Bellerin from Arsenal this summer, and will now focus on acquiring Portugal international Semedo.

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The deal on offer from Ernesto Valverde’s side is certainly a lucrative one, and is one that Benfica may be tempted to give in to. The initial bid is £27m, but additional bonuses could lead to the deal for Semedo resulting in a price of around £35m.

United are on the lookout for a new right-back this summer but will need to move quickly if they are to fend off competition from Barca for his signature.

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