Semedo 'wants to join Man City but Barcelona prefer Lautaro swap'

Nelson Semedo ‘wants to join Manchester City in the next transfer window’ but Barcelona would rather use him in a Lautaro Martinez swap deal with Inter Milan

  • Nelson Semedo reportedly wants to play under Pep Guardiola at Man City
  • The 26-year-old is willing to move despite impending Champions League ban
  • If he were to move to the Etihad Stadium it could see Joao Cancelo depart City
  • But Barcelona’s lengthy pursuit of Lautaro Martinez could scupper the move

Nelson Semedo wants to join Manchester City in the next transfer window, but his next move could be decided by the future of Lautaro Martinez.

The Barcelona full-back is a target for a number of sides and is attracted by a move to the Premier League, according to reports in Spain.

He is even willing to go there despite the impending two-year Champions League ban so that he can play under Pep Guardiola, claim Mundo Deportivo.

Barcelona full-back Nelson Semedo wants to join Manchester City in the next transfer window

A deal for Semedo could see Joao Cancelo, who only joined from Juventus last summer, move in the opposite direction.

But Semedo’s future could be dictated by the saga surrounding Inter Milan striker Martinez.

Barca could seek to use the 26-year-old as a bargaining chip to lure the Argentine striker to the Nou Camp and as a means of lowering his cost.

Reports earlier this month claimed that Martinez has told Inter he wants a summer move to Barca.

Barcelona are still pursuing a deal for Lautaro Martinez, who has been in form for Inter Milan

Manchester City’s move for Semedo could see Joao Cancelo leave after just one year

The Italian club would be inclined to accept a cut-price £80m deal for the hotshot in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

Martinez has been in stunning form in Serie A this season and has scored 16 times in 31 games. 

But it is believed that he has his heart set on a move to Barca. 

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