Tottenham and Jose Mourinho are both reportedly keen on Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo as the answer to the club’s problems at right-back.
The Mirror report that Spurs are exploring options for the right-back position with preferred target Max Aarons emerging on the radars for both Barcelona and RB Leipzig, and that Semedo could end up being the player the north London side look too should the Norwich City youngster wave off interest from Tottenham.
The report also claims that Barcelona are willing to offload the 26-year-old right-back with the La Liga champions eager to sign Real Betis defender Emerson, opening the door for Spurs to sign Semedo with the Catalan side keen on replacing the Portuguese international.
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The former Benfica star was once predicted by ex-Barcelona goalkeeper Vitor Baia to develop into player who could one day become as good as former defensive icon Dani Alves in an interview with Sport, and whilst Semedo is yet to reach the same astronomical heights as the Brazilian international, the Portuguese international could be the answer to Spurs’ problems at right-back.
As a scout report from Football BH shows, Semedo is the classic attacking fullback of the modern era of the game, with the Barcelona no. 2 a defender who enjoys attacking down the flank and pressing opposing players into losing possession, something Mourinho will find useful in his typical 4-2-3-1 Tottenham team.
Semedo is also a defensively sound fullback despite his preference to bomb forward, with diagrams from Football BH showing that the 26-year-old is not afraid to shy away from a 1v1 when defending.
Tottenham need a defensive rebuild under Mourinho, and whilst it might be some time before new names arrive at the scene for the Portuguese manager, Semedo must be a name that the Spurs boss keeps close to his chest as a potential signing that could dramatically improve the backline for the north London club.