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Nelson Semedo Signs For Barcelona

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Barcelona's new player Portuguesse Nelson Semedo gives the thumbs up as he poses with his new jersey during his official presentation, after signing his new contract with the Catalan club at the Camp Nou stadium in Barcelona on July 14, 2017. / AFP PHOTO / LLUIS GENE (Photo credit should read LLUIS GENE/AFP/Getty Images)

Barcelona has confirmed the signing of Nelson Semedo after securing the £30m signing of the Benfica youngster.

The Catalan giants officially confirmed the move for the 23-year-old right-back on Friday after the young defender successfully completed a medical and signed a five-year deal.

“Barcelona was always my first option,” he said at his presentation when asked about City and United’s interest. “I didn’t even think about any other offers. All players want to play for Barcelona and I’m no exception. I was really excited when I heard they wanted to sign me.

“I am very proud to wear this shirt and I will do everything I can for this club. I already knew what a great club it is, but I have realised even more so today. I’m really happy the deal has been pushed through.”

The talented youngster put pen to paper on a move worth up to £30m. It is believed Barcelona will pay more than £26m initially with the rest being spread across the length of the contract as bonuses.

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The Lisbon-born Portugal international was snapped-up after last season’s La Liga runners-up failed to land Arsenal‘s Spanish right-back Hector Bellerin.

The club announced the deal after they successfully negotiated the fee down from a reported £43m with the Portuguese champions.

The capture marks new coach Ernesto Valverde’s third signing of the summer after the return of Gerard Deulofeu from Everton and the arrival of young centre-back Marlon.

Semedo, who has been capped six times for his national side linked up with this new team-mates in Friday evening’s training session.

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He was part of the Portugal side that finished third at the Confederations Cup in Russia last month, getting sent off in the third-place play-off win over Mexico.

Barcelona is set to play their first pre-season match of the summer when they face Serie A champions Juventus on Saturday, July 22 in New Jersey in the International Champions Cup, a pre-season tournament taking place across the globe.

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