Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is eyeing up Benfica right-back Nelson Semedo, according to Portuguese newspaper Correio da Manha.

The Catalan trainer is reportedly keen to bring the highly rated and in-demand 23-year-old defender to the Etihad Stadium, as his search for full-backs continues.

Having already signed goalkeeper Ederson for £35 million, Guardiola is poised to prise Semedo away from Portugal and succeed where Barcelona failed.

The Spanish giants held talks with Benfica but were not prepared to pay the €50 million (£43.7 million) the club were demanding or do a deal involving players going the other way.


City, meanwhile, will also be given the same demands in terms of a fee by the Portuguese powerhouses, according to the report.

Semedo has a contract with the Eagles until June 2021 which contains a release fee of €60 million (£52.4 million) but Benfica are prepared to sell for less.

Currently on duty with Portugal at the Confederations Cup in Russia, the right-back has made four international appearances.

Starting his career with Sintrense, he moved to Benfica in 2012, making his first-team debut in August 2013. He has since made 64 appearances and scored three goals in all competitions.

An improving player, Semedo is quick, a robust defender and delivers an end product – he provided 12 assists last season – making him a good fit for City.

Guardiola, who needs a new right-back after he let both Bacary Sagna and Pablo Zabaleta leave the club, has also been linked with a move for ex-Barcelona man Dani Alves.