Report: Nottingham Forest will sign Benfica duo Alfa Semedo and Yuri Ribeiro

Rennes' French coach Sabri Lamouchi attends a training session of his team at the Olympiyskiy Stadium in Kiev, Ukraine, 08 November 2018. Rennes will play against Dynamo Kyiv at the UEFA...

Yuri Ribeiro and Alfa Semedo are reportedly heading to Nottingham Forest from Primeira Liga champions Benfica.

Alfa Semedo of SL Benfica in action duringthe UEFA Champions League Group E match between SL Benfica and AEK Athens at Estadio da Luz on December 12, 2018 in Lisbon, Portugal.

Nottingham Forest are expected to complete the signings of Benfica duo Alfa Semedo and Yuri Ribeiro in the coming days, according to Record.

Forest appear to be going down the Iberian route, following in the footsteps of Wolverhampton Wanderers, as they look to bring an end to their two decade exile from the Premier League.

Tiago Silva, a tidy creative midfielder from Feirense, signed on Friday and he is set to be joined by two young talents from reigning Primeira Liga champions Benfica.


21-year-old Semedo is a deep-lying midfielder renowned for his exceptional ball-winning abilities. Record claims that Nottingham Forest have beaten Championship rivals Wigan Athletic to his signature with a loan deal set to be agreed once he passes a medical in the near future, Record claims.

Semedo is valued at a staggering £25 million, as reported by the Nottingham Post, but a permanent deal looks unlikely at this stage.

Yuri, meanwhile, is a 22-year-old left-back who is yet to make his senior league debut for Benfica. Unlike Semedo, he could head to the City Ground on a long-term contract with Benfica seemingly willing to end his seven-year spell at the Lisbon giants.


Forest have needed a left-back for years and Yuri could be an inspired addition.

Though Sabri Lamouchi’s side will be hoping they do better than Gil Dias and Diogo Goncalves managed last season.

Alfa Semedo of SL Benifica controls the ball in front of Renato Sanches of Bayern Munich during the Group E match of the UEFA Champions League between FC Bayern Muenchen and SL Benfica at...

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