Manchester United Scout Highly-Rated Portuguese Defender

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Manchester United reportedly scouted Benfica’s Nelson Semedo during their Champions League clash against Napoli on Tuesday.

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is desperately looking to strengthen his team when the January transfer window opens.

Semedo has proved himself as one of Portugal football’s brightest properties – helping his club to the top of the Portuguese Primeira Liga table. The full-back’s consistent performances have undoubtedly attracted the interest of Europe’s big boys, who have began monitoring his situation.

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It is also believed that Semedo has an extensive buyout clause worth £50 million. The Lisbon-born defender still has four years to run down his contract after this season.

And now, Portuguese website Diario de Noticias reports that Manchester United scouts were actually in attendance to watch him in action on Tuesday. Despite the 23-year-old’s impressive performance, Benfica were handed a 2-1 defeat.

United will be encouraged by speculations that Benfica are not interested in holding out for Semedo’s release clause amount. And it is also claimed that they are ready to listen to offers from other clubs at the end of this season.

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Semedo was promoted from Benfica’s B team last year, and despite spending a long lay-off on the sidelines with a knee injury, he has played 13 times for the senior outfit in their domestic league.

However, Mourinho, if the latest reports are to be believed, is willing to offload several members of his first-team squad to raise funds for a January spending spree.

Among the suspected departures, Memphis Depay and Morgan Schneiderlin have both been heavily linked with a switch to Everton, as the pair is struggling to secure a place in the first eleven since joining United in 2015.

And club stalwart Ashley Young could also be facing January exit, with four Premier League clubs interested in snapping him up.


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