Newcastle United, Southampton and Everton are all reportedly in the race for Sporting Lisbon prodigy Ruben Semedo but who will win the race?

From Bayern Munich to Newcastle United, AC Milan to Everton, it appears almost every club in Europe wants a slice of Ruben Semedo this summer.

The 23-year-old Portugal international is one of Europe’s most highly-rated young defenders, blessed as he is with both superb positional sense and the modern ball-playing tendencies. Although he would not come cheap, with the typically penny-pinching Sporting Lisbon inserting a £38 million buyout clause in his contract, as reported by A Bola.

And it appears that Semedo, like so many of his compatriots, will fly the nest very early indeed. O Jogo reports that the classy centre-back will bid farewell to Sporting supporters after the final game of the Liga Nos season against Chaves on Sunday.

Therefore, it appears that he will indeed be on his way this summer. Where, however, is another question entirely.

Take your pick

Everton have been linked frequently in recent months but it appears that Southampton and Newcastle have emerged as more likely destinations, as reported by A Bola.

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Championship winners Newcastle are understood to be in the market for defensive reinforcements and Semedo, although hugely expensive, fits the club’s usual quota of young talents with a large potential re-sale value.

Southampton, meanwhile, have used the transfer market superbly in recent seasons to discover under-the-radar diamonds before moulding them into genuine Premier League talent.

And Semedo certainly has the potential to follow in the footsteps of Toby Alderweireld and Virgil van Dijk.

Furthermore, with the Daily Mirror reporting that Magpies manager Rafael Benitez will demand £100 million to prepare his Championship-specialist squad for life in the top flight, they may be willing to break their transfer record for the cultured defender.

Therefore, Southampton may have a challenge on their hands, although chairman Ralph Krueger was positively glowing when he announced that the South Coast club now had the financial strength and the status to compete for a higher standard of player, as reported by Sky Sports.