Man Utd prepared to wait to complete £44m signing
Jose Mourinho is playing a patient game in pursuit of Nelson Semedo (Picture: Getty)

Manchester United are reportedly ready to wait until the January transfer window to finally sign long-term target Nelson Semedo from Benfica.

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The 23-year-old right-back has been linked with the Red Devils for much of this summer, as well as with Barcelona, but Benfica are demanding big money for him.

According to Correio da Manha, his club want as much as £44million for Semedo this summer, which could lead United to cool their interest in the defender for the time being.

Man Utd prepared to wait to complete £44m signing
United could try again for Nelson Semedo in January (Picture: Getty)

United boss Jose Mourinho has been keen to bring in new defenders this summer, with Victor Lindelof already signed from Semedo’s club Benfica, and with full-backs now on the agenda.

While Antonio Valencia shone for United in a new role of right-back last season, it makes sense that Mourinho is looking at a more long-term option in that area, with Semedo emerging as an outstanding candidate.

The Portugal international looks one of the brightest prospects in Europe at the moment, and United are ready to play a patient game and try to sign him in January if a deal this summer is not possible.

Semedo has a release clause of around £53m and his contract with Benfica expires in 2021.

United were reported to have failed with a bid for the player earlier this summer, with Benfica rejecting an offer in the region of £30m.

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