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Manchester United interested in Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Nelson Semedo

Manchester United are said to have pinpointed Wolverhampton Wanderers’ right-back Nelson Semedo as a possible recruit for the transfer window.

Even though United have managed to secure the signings of Andre Onana, Mason Mount, and Rasmus Hojlund this summer, the transfer window has been a mixed bag for them. Erik ten Hag, the head coach, has been visibly disappointed by his failure to bring in a new centre-back and central midfielder, a setback due to essential sales falling through.

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With the closing of the transfer window approaching, there’s a growing chance that United may manage to release some players from their squad, making way for at least one new addition.

Earlier in the season, there were indications that a right-back might be part of Ten Hag’s plans, despite having Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Diogo Dalot vying for that position in the team.

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While Wan-Bissaka excels defensively, Dalot’s forte lies in his attacking prowess. This duality theoretically offers Ten Hag various options tailored to different match scenarios.

However, United’s search for a fresh face on the right side of defence continues, with Semedo reportedly emerging as a potential target, according to Football Insider.

The report asserts that discussions have been initiated with Wolves to explore the possibility of reaching an agreement before the transfer deadline on September 1.

Recently, Wolves’ struggles with Financial Fair Play (FFP) compliance have become common knowledge, though it appears they’ve managed to satisfy the requirements.

Prior to these financial concerns coming to light, the West Midlands club had secured a substantial contract with Semedo, owing to former manager Julen Lopetegui’s desire to keep him in the squad.

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However, Lopetegui has since departed, and with Matt Doherty also an option at right-back, there’s a lingering question whether Wolves might seize an opportunity to raise funds and significantly slash their wage expenses.

Having joined for around £37m in 2020, the 29-year-old Portuguese international is unlikely to command a similar fee now, especially given his past association with Barcelona.

In a related development, reports indicate that Wolves have another chance to enhance their FFP standing, with Manchester City apparently showing interest in signing Matheus Nunes.

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