Who is Nelson Semedo? Benfica right-back profiled ahead of potential £30million Manchester United transfer

Jose Mourinho says he gave his list of this summer’s transfer targets to Manchester United executive vice-chairman Ed Woodward back in March.

Very few will know the names on that list, though Red Devils fans can dream the likes of Antoine Griezmann, Cristiano Ronaldo and Kylian Mbappe all feature.

One thing for sure, is Victor Lindelof was on that list.

The 22-year-old secured his £31m move to Old Trafford just over a week ago to sure up the United defence.

And one of his former teammates could be following in his footsteps – Nelson Semedo.

Nelson Semedo is wanted by Manchester United

Despite Antonio Valencia’s brilliant season and Matteo Darmian doing the job when necessary, Mourinho reportedly feels as though he wants extra in that position.

So with the right-back valued at £30million, just who is Nelson Semedo?

Born in Lisbon on November 16 1993, the now-23-year-old joined Portugese third tier side Sintrence at the age of 15.

Two years later and Semedo had made his first team debut at the age of 17. The defender went on to play 27 games that season, scoring five goals.

Impressed by what they had seen, giants Benfica snapped up the youngster (for free) on a five-year deal.

Semedo was immediately loaned back out to Portugal’s third tier to Fatima. The right-back played 31 times for the club and helped guide them to eighth in the league.

Semedo could reunite with Lindelof at United

The starlet then had to be patient, spending two seasons – playing just shy of 60 games – for Benfica’s reserve team.

Eventually Semedo’s patience was rewarded. Impressed by his displays, Benfica chiefs saw the youngster as a replacement for Maxi Pereira and when the Uruguayan left in 2015, Semedo was handed a contract extension till 2021 and made a place int he first-team squad his own.

Semedo played 18 times in all competitions in the 2015-16 season, starting the season as first-choice but after losing two months to injury, struggled to get back in.

Semedo isn’t afraid to put a challenge in

But the defender bounced back and was first choice throughout the 2016-17 campaign, making 46 appearances in all competitions as Benfica ran out league winners.

Along with Champions League game time, Semedo is now part of the Portugal set up and earning valuable national team experience.

What about his qualities? Some have said he could be the next Dani Alves, and it’s easy to see why.

Semedo is with Portugal at the Confederations Cup

The Portuguese loves to attack the wing, get behind defenders and latch on to through balls. He’s incredibly quick and his skillful feet allowing him to beat a man.

But he’s not all attack, Semedo can put in a big tackle when required.

Barcelona have previously been linked with the youngster so Manchester United will need to move quick if they want the young defender.

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