Barcelona Dependent on sale of Semedo
With the Lionel Messi saga now over for the summer of 2020, Barcelona can begin to reshape their senior team in earnest and one of the first positions on the agenda is at right-back, with Los Cules considering a loan move for Hector Bellerin should they find a buyer for Nelson Semedo.
Having been touted as one of the brightest prospects around whilst at Benfica, Semedo was brought to the Camp Nou to secure the position for many years when the Blaugrana’s original pursuit of Bellerin came to an unsuccessful end.
Since then, Semedo has struggled to ever reach his potential, leading to the continued use of Sergi Roberto at right-back, much to the chagrin of supporters.
It’s impossible to remove the image from the mind of Semedo being embarrassed by Alphonso Davies in Barcelona’s most significant defeat in club history.
However, Barcelona hope that there will be a club ready to pay between 40 and 50 million euros for the defender this summer, with this topic being discussed in a meeting with Jorge Mendes, the player’s agent, on Wednesday.
Whilst this sounds wholly unlikely looking in from the outside, Barcelona are planning for life without Semedo and are looking to bring Bellerin back to the Camp Nou.
The Spanish club have contacted the right-back to see what his situation at Arsenal is, and whilst the favoured option is a loan deal it hasn’t been dismissed that a full transfer could occur.
Bellerin is only earning around four million euros net per year at the Emirates Stadium, which is a salary that even the Blaugrana in their current fiscal state could swallow for a season-long loan.
Cash is not readily available to the technical department at Barcelona this summer, and Arsenal consider Bellerin to hold a market value of over 30 million euros.
This is based on the fact he takes a valuable home-grown slot in the Gunners’ Premier League squad, is only 25 years old and could still improve, added to the fact he has a contract which is due to run until June 2023.