As Semedo becomes Barça's first big sale, who next? Dest, Aarons or Emerson?

The right-back is close to moving to Wolves for around 40 million euros

El increíble destrozo de Alphonso Davies a Semedo en el 2-5 que debería hacer pensar sobre el futuro del lateral en el Barça | MEDIAPRO

Barcelona needed to bring in some money urgently due to the club's financial situation and have managed to do so by agreeing to sell Nelson Semedo to Wolves for around 40 million euros, according to various reports in England. 

It's a decent amount in the current climate and has been obtained by Jorge Mendes, who's not only Semedo's agent but is also very influential at Wolves. 

The English club, who have a number of Portuguese players already and a Portuguese coach in Nuno Espírito Santo (ex Valencia), were bought by Chinese businessman Guo Guangchang in 2016. He later purchased 20 percent of Gestifute, the company owned by Mendes.

That web of contacts has left to Operation Semedo, which will be made official this week. The right-back, who was close to joining Atletico Madrid last year, will sign a five-year deal with the Premier League this week. 

Ignoring the mutually beneficial Arthur-Pjanic operation, Semedo will be the first player Barça bring in big money for this summer after letting Arturo Vidal and Ivan Rakitic leave cheaply. 

Semedo joined Barça in 2017 from Benfica. Robert Fernandez was the sporting director at the time when the deal was done.  

With Semedo now gone, Barça will have to look for a new right-back. The priority is the United States international Sergiño Dest, who plays for Ajax. 

Another name on the table is Norwich City's Max Aarons, who plays for England U21s. If neither are possible, Barça could even look to recruit Emerson, who is on loan at Real Betis and they can bring back by paying a small fee. 

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