Wolves close to landing Doherty successor with £34m bid for Barca star

Date published: Sunday 20th September 2020 4:06 - Jonny Whitfield

Wolves are closing in on the signing of Nelson Semedo after making a £34.8million bid for the Barcelona full-back, according to reports.

The Molineux club were keen to sign another right-sided defender after Matt Doherty left for Tottenham.

According to The Guardian, Wolves boss Nuno Espirito Santo believes Semedo is an ideal replacement.

Indeed, Nuno’s side are now close to completing a deal for the Portuguese after making a £34.8million bid.

Barcelona are willing to do business, with Semedo one player on the Spanish club’s transfer shortlist.

Barca are aiming to raise funds by selling several stars, ahead of a potential move for Memphis Depay.

Wolves, meanwhile, make their move after selling forward Diogo Jota to Liverpool. The Portuguese goes for an initial £41million, with Wolves to earn around 10% of that fee this summer.

The Guardian also reports that Barca are close to agreeing a second departure.

Arturo Vidal is edging closer to a move to Inter Milan for €1million (£916,000) and the Chilean will sign a two-year contract with Antonio Conte’s men.

Sky Sports adds that, with Barca willing to see Semedo go, it will be up to the player to decide his future.

Wolves have had an advantage in discussions, with the Gestifute agency representing Semedo. Super-agent Jorge Mendes, who has a strong relationship with Wolves, runs the agency.

Nuno’s side have also signed Liverpool’s Ki-Jana Hoever to bolster their options in defence.

The 18-year-old Dutchman can play right-back, right-wing back and centre-back. However, Nuno reportedly wanted more options, with Semedo eyed as the perfect replacement for Doherty.

Wolves looking to continue strong start

Wolves’ next game sees them take on Manchester City at Molineux. Nuno enjoyed great success against Pep Guardiola last season, winning both Premier League meetings.

Indeed, Adama Traore proved influential in both victories, scoring three goals.

Wolves began the season brightly last season, beating Sheffield United 2-0.

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