Wolves: Nelson Semedo ‘open’ to leaving Molineux
Wolves defender Nelson Semedo is ‘open’ to leaving Molineux as Benfica dream of re-signing him this year, according to CNN Portugal.
The Lowdown: Contracts expiring…
Julen Lopetegui‘s side have a number of players out of contract at the end of the current Premier League season, including big names like Adama Traore and Joao Moutinho.
This comes as Wolves attempt to further add to their squad in January, having already made five senior signings in Matheus Cunha, Daniel Bentley, Craig Dawson, Pablo Sarabia and Mario Lemina.
This year could be one of real change for Wolves, with Traore and Moutinho not the only players coming to the end of their contracts. Diego Costa and Semedo are others who could depart as free agents in 2023, with the latter attracting serious interest from Benfica.
The Latest: Semedo ‘open’ to Wolves exit…
According to CNN Portugal, as shared by O Jogo (via Sport Witness), the 37-time Portuguese champions ‘dream’ of signing Semedo this year. It’s claimed that the 29-year-old is ‘open’ to a return to Benfica, but his wages remain a potential obstacle.
Semedo earns €4m (£3.5m) per year at Wolves, a salary which Benfica will unlikely be able to match.
The Verdict: Don’t let him go
The Portugal defender has been a mainstay under both Lopetegui and former Wolves boss Bruno Lage this season, making 18 appearances and playing the eighth-most league minutes out of anyone in the squad (WhoScored).
In that time, Semedo has averaged Wolves’ joint-third highest number of tackles per 90 in the Premier League, and it’s clear that he is still very much a part of Lopetegui’s thinking.
Already possessing plenty of experience in England’s top division from 77 appearances, it would perhaps be far more prudent to try and secure a contract extension for the right-back than make efforts to source a replacement in the transfer market.
Also, his annual £3.5m wages are far more affordable from a Wolves perspective given that they are in world football’s richest and most lucrative division.
Perhaps the best solution for Semedo would be to stay put and help the club beyond this season, especially if they manage to retain their top-flight status.