Wolves will have to pay club-record fee to sign rampaging defender

Nelson Semedo in Barcelona training

Wolves' superb start to the new season was undone in midweek

Nuno Santo's side looked excellent as the Midlanders swept aside Sheffield United last weekend but against Stoke in the EFL Cup, they struggled.

An 86th-minute goal from Jacob Brown was enough for the Potters as they prevailed 1-0 at Molineux.

It's a competition that Wolves won't be too disappointed to exit but at the end of the day, it's one they could have realistically won.

With that match said and done, they've now turned their focus back to the transfer market again.

Nuno Santo and co have been pretty busy in the last few weeks, welcoming the likes of Fabio Silva, Marcal and Vitinha to the club. 

However, it appears as though they're on the verge of another new signing. On Friday, it was revealed that young Liverpool full-back Ki-Jana Hoever was set to sign for Wolves in a £10m deal.

Ki-Jana Hoever

Strangely, Wolves are in the market for another right-back though.

According to Mundo Deportivo (via Sport Witness), Barcelona defender Nelson Semedo has been presented as an opportunity for Wolves before the window closes.

Unsurprisingly, Jorge Mendes is his agent so it's clear to see why this link exists.

Mendes supposedly has an offer on the table from a Premier League club for his services and Wolves are very much interested in signing the 26-year-old.

Barcelona will only start taking interest from elsewhere if someone makes a €40m (£36.5m) offer for him. 

That means Wolves would have to break the transfer record they spent on Silva - £35.6m.

Nelson Semedo

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Nuno has been keen to add to his squad this summer but despite seeing Matt Doherty leave, he now has a plethora of options he can choose from in the wing-back areas, particularly with Hoever on the verge of signing.

Jonny can play on either flank, Marcal can feature on the left while Adama Traore has also been trusted in a more defensive position.

That being said, if they have the opportunity to sign a player of Semedo's quality, they'd be foolish to turn it down.

Although the Portuguese had a nightmare against Bayern Munich in Barcelona's 8-2 crushing in the Champions League, he is still an exciting player.

Nelson Semedo

Semedo's defensive attributes leave something to be desired, but going forward he is superb.

Described as someone with a "rampaging" style by Bleacher Report, Lisbon-based journalist Simon Curtis, added: "He's a rangy, pacey, enthusiastic player with good positional sense." 

Those qualities could see Semedo fit seamlessly into the Wolves system. He'd be a very good signing if they're looking for a direct Doherty replacement.

Last term, he completed 1.5 dribbles per game. Clearly, he is extremely tricky to deal with. 

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