Manchester United are lining up a £35 million bid for Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo, according to reports.
The Daily Mirror claim that United are negotiating with the Portuguese champions but the club are reluctant to let the defender leave before the end of the season.
Jose Mourinho reportedly sees Semedo as the long-term successor for United’s right-back position.
Semedo, who has been capped once by Portugal’s senior side, has only emerged as Benfica’s first-choice right-back this season.
Veteran winger Antonio Valencia has admirably converted to a new position, but the 31-year-old can’t keep raiding the flank indefinitely. However, the Ecuador international did recently sign a new two-year deal with Mourinho’s blessing, according to The Sun.
Valencia may still have the manager’s confidence, but Italy international Matteo Darmian rarely has. In fact, the player has previously expressed confusion about why he’s been left out so often this season, per Rai Sport.
Mourinho is clearly intent on refreshing the defensive ranks during this campaign. Bringing in two imports from a league the Portuguese native knows well and giving them a half season of Premier League experience makes sense.