It’s just becoming harder and harder to believe that Manchester United were that close to signing Nelson Semedo in January.
Although the claims from the Portuguese press were pretty strong, with some outlets even saying the agreement was made, the recent updates make clear that there’s no deal for the transfer.
Portuguese newspaper Record has a story today saying Borussia Dortmund have now joined the race for the right-back. The German side were impressed with his performances against them in the Champions League and now have scouts in Portugal following the player.
But according to the story, Dortmund should have no financial resources to compete against their league rivals Bayern Munich. The Bavarian side are said to be pretty strong in the lead, and would also be ahead of Manchester United.
Record claims that although Manchester United have been following the player for more time, it was Bayern Munich who contacted Benfica first.
So that puts José Mourinho’s side second in a three horse race. Manchester United went from a clear run to having some heavy competition in a matter of months.
That is, if they were really interested in first place.
The Red Devils watch Portuguese league games every single weekend, and considering that Benfica have several players with good potential, maybe the scouts at Estádio da Luz weren’t really interested in a right-back. Especially with all the rumours surrounding Victor Lindelof.
Unsurprisingly, all this competition turns out to be quite interesting for Benfica, who’d like to make as much money as possible, and can rely on Nelson Semedo’s €80m release clause to do so.