Reports from Spain have suggested that Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has his sights set on a possible move for Nelson Semedo.
The print edition of Mundo Deportivo claimed [via Sport Witness] that the 49-year-old no longer trusts Joao Cancelo and is in the market for a new right-back, with the Premier League champions among the suitors for the Barcelona defender.
The 26-year-old had recently been linked with a possible move to the Etihad Stadium by Sport [via Sport Witness] and Corriere dello Sport, with this fresh update indicating that Manchester City remain firmly interested in the Portugal right-back.
Semedo has featured regularly for Barcelona this season, making 29 appearances in all competitions and starting the majority of their La Liga and Champions League games. He has been a decent creative outlet for Barca, registering five assists so far in the current campaign from right-back. [via TransferMarkt]
He is quite composed in possession, boasting a passing accuracy rate of 88.4% in 2019/20, and has averaged two successful tackles per game, indicating his ability to snuff out opposition attacks. He has also completed 1.4 successful dribbles per match, attesting to his eagerness to bomb forward from a defensive position. [via WhoScored]
Semedo has some good qualities but those must be viewed in the context of what Guardiola already has at the club and whether Manchester City’s transfer budget would be better directed elsewhere.
Their current right-backs Kyle Walker and Cancelo both have a better passing success rate (88.9% and 89.4%) than the Barcelona man, while Semedo’s fellow Portugal defender has a better tackling average with 2.3 per game, along with a greater interceptions average of 1.4 per game.
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The 25-year-old only came to the Etihad last summer in a €65m (£60m) deal but has been restricted to a mere eight Premier League starts, with Walker often getting the nod at right-back. For Guardiola to decide so hastily that Cancelo isn’t up to the task, given how little he has played, would seem excessively harsh from the manager.
Manchester City already have two right-backs whose statistics suggest they are doing an even better job than Semedo, so it would seem baffling for the club to consider jettisoning Cancelo in order to bring in the Barcelona defender.
Man City fans, should the club forget about trying to sign Semedo? Has Cancelo been given a raw deal? Have your say by commenting below!
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