Wolves close to signing Barcelona right back Semedo
Nelson Semedo looks set to join Wolves on a five-year deal. (Photo by Michael Regan - UEFA/UEFA via Getty Images)

Wolves will sign Barcelona right-back Nelson Semedo in the coming days, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano

A deal for the Portuguese, believed to be around £29m, has already been agreed between the two clubs and will be completed when Semedo undertakes his medical next week. 

The former Benfica defender has also agreed on personal terms at Molineux, where he will become the club's ninth Portuguese first-team representative. 

Semedo will become Wolves' fifth summer signing following the arrivals of Fabio Silva, Marcal, Vitinha and Ki-Jana Hoever, and takes their spending to around £75m.

The details

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As with most of Wolves' dealings this summer, the transfer has come somewhat out of the blue. 

Along with the majority of his teammates at Camp Nou, Semedo was made available for transfer after Los Cules' humiliating 8-2 defeat to Bayern Munich in last month's Champions League quarter-finals.

The 26-year-old had been linked with Manchester City earlier in the summer, but Wolves look to have beaten the Carabao Cup holders to Semedo. 

He has reportedly agreed a five-year deal at Molineux and will link up with international teammates Rui Patricio, Joao Moutinho and Ruben Neves

The story so far

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Semedo spent the first six years of his professional career in his native Portugal at Benfica, making 64 first-team appearances after graduating from the B team. With As Aguias, Semedo won two league titles and two domestic cups between 2015 and 2017. 

His performances with Benfica earned a move to Barcelona in the summer of 2017, which was reportedly worth €35.5m. Since his move to Spain, he played 124 games for the Blaugrana, winning two La Liga titles and one Copa del Rey

His time in Spain will mostly be remembered for high profile European collapses, with the defender starting in heavy Champions League quarter-final defeats to Roma and Bayern Munich. 

Making his Portugal debut in 2015, Semedo has gone on to win 13 caps for his country, but has not yet been involved in a major tournament squad. He has, however, won the 2019 UEFA Nations League with his country. 

What will this mean for Wolves' squad?

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Nuno's move for Semedo suggests that 18-year-old Ki-Jana Hoever will have to wait for a starting berth in the old gold and black. 

The Netherlands youngster became Wolves' only recognised senior right-wing back when he was signed from Liverpool on Saturday but it now appears the 18-year-old will have to wait for his chance. 

It also seems that Monday's game against Manchester City will be the last time Adama Traore starts in a more conservative role. 

The Spaniard, who was involved in 11 league goal contributions last season, started at right-wing back in the win over Sheffield United due to being the only member of Wolves' squad with experience in the position. 

With Hoever not registered and Semedo not signing until next week, Traore will probably endure one more game in a defensive capacity before playing ahead of either of the new signings for next week's trip to West Ham

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