Everton have tried and failed to hijack Wolverhampton Wanderers’ deal for Nelson Semedo with the Barcelona right-back closing in on a £30 million move to the Premier League, according to TEAMtalk.
Carlo Ancelotti might believe he is one centre-half away from a complete squad at Goodison Park but it seems the chance to buy a two-time La Liga winner from one of Europe’s biggest clubs was an opportunity he couldn’t turn down.
Everton have Seamus Coleman and Jonjoe Kenny battling for the spot in the starting XI. However, that hasn’t stopped the Merseyside giants from trying to bring in additions on the right-hand side.
Atletico Madrid’s sporting director admitted to Kicker that Everton have held talks about a deal for Santiago Arias – but the Colombian isn’t the only La Liga flyer on their radar.
TEAMtalk claims Everton made an 11th hour approach to snatch Semedo from underneath Wolves’ nose.
But, with the former Benfica speedster set to sign a four-year contract after Nuno Espirito Santo’s side agreed a £30 million fee with Barcelona, Everton’s ambitious approach was always likely to fall flat.
That’s without mentioning the fact Semedo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, would be loathe to risk his relationship with Wolves’ Chinese owners by taking one of his clients to a direct Premier League rival instead.
Semedo, who has been compared to Barca legend Dani Alves because of his searing pace and swashbuckling style, bid farewell to his Camp Nou teammates on Tuesday night.
Everton’s opening fixtures of the 2020/21 season
West Brom (H)
Crystal Palace (A)