21 September 2020 00:32
Wolves are in talks with Barcelona over Portugal defender Nelson Semedo. Explaining forward Diogo Jota's £41m move to Liverpool on Saturday, boss Nuno Espírito Santo said he wanted to sign a replacement for Matt Doherty. It is understood Semedo, 26, is the man in question and, with Barca boss Ronald Koeman wanting to generate funds to overhaul his squad, Wolves may be able to sign the player for around £30m. Semedo, who has played 124 times for Barca and won 13 Portugal caps, was an unused substitute as Barca beat Elche 1-0 on Saturday. WOLVES are reportedly closing in on the shock signing of Barcelona star Nelson Semedo to replace Matt Doherty.
1 Barcelona right-back Nelson Semedo is said to be close to joining Wolves Credit: Getty Images - Getty Romano tweeted: "Wolves are 'one step away' from signing Nelson Semedo. "On next hours Barca are gonna sell Semedo to #Wolves and Vidal to #Inter. Sign up to play Dream Team 2020/21 now It's completely free to play Semedo has spent the last three seasons at Barcelona having joined from Benfica in 2017. He has been a regular in the team having played 124 times in three years - winning the LaLiga title twice and Copa del Rey once. Wolves have also been alerted to the fact that Atletico Madrid are keen to offload winger Thomas Lemar.
Benzema missed Real's best chance of the first half when he lost his footing as he rounded goalkeeper Alex Remiro and later saw a goal-bound shot blocked by a dive from Sociedad defender Aritz Elustondo. Madrid keeper Courtois said he was pleased with his side's performance all in all. "We were looking strong even though it was our first game, we played with a high level of intensity although we found it more difficult in the second half but in general we can be happy with how our first game has gone." Real spent their brief close season moving on a number of unwanted players such as Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Achraf Hakimi and Sergio Reguilon but the only new additions were returning loanees Martin Odegaard and defender Alvaro Odriozola. Odegaard started against Sociedad, where he had a highly successful spell last season, but Real were unable to properly command the middle of the park without Casemiro, who started on the bench before coming on in the second half. I'm not happy because of that, but it was good to play for Madrid...
They're players of such a high level," Odegaard said. Substitute Marvin, 20, could have had a dream Madrid debut when a chance fell his way after coming on but failed to keep his composure. Sociedad's David Silva made his first La Liga appearance in a decade when he came on as a substitute in the second half. Description: RS Vs RM Team Probable Playing 11 And Match Report: Last season's champions Real Madrid step out with aspirations of retaining their title. From playing catch up to Barcelona before the turn of COVID to marauding their way to the prestigious La Liga trophy, Real Madrid were unstoppable once the league returned last season. The side pulled off nine wins from ten matches, going unbeaten for more than a month to not only erase the deficit in second place but end up winning the title by five points. As Barcelona catapulted and lost all semblance, Real Madrid ensured they were their to capitalise on their competitors plight. The strong finish to the season prompted Real Madrid to be frugal with their transfer business as well. Where this will be Real Madrid's season opener after they were accorded an extra week off owing to their stay in the Champions League, Real Sociedad have already had an outing. Their first encounter of the season ended in a 1-1 draw with Real Valladolid, a performance the club knows it could have easily bettered. Despite ending up in an Europa League position last season, the club's inconsistency saw it end up 15 points behind the top 4. Real Madrid are fraught with injuries with Eden, Lucas, Marco, Isco and Mariano all sidelined. Courtois, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Mendy, Kroos, Casemiro, Modric, Rodrygo, Benzema, Vinicius Match: Real Sociedad Vs Real Madrid Real Sociedad Real Madrid Alex Remiro from Real Sociedad will be inculcated in our setup as the goal-keeper for this affair. Sergio Ramos ended up spearheading Real Madrid's charge towards the title last term. The CB not only held centrestage in defence but came up with a bevy of crucial goals, an attacking penchant which saw him score for Spain as well off late. Dani Carvajal will be completing our triad of picks from the visiting side, a fullback who loves cantering his way into the side's attacking plays. With Luka Modric waning in form, Torni Kroos was crucial to Real Madrid last season. He was asked to control play in midfield and traverse the ball from attack to defence, something he was more than willing to do to see him end up with over ten goals and assists. CDM Casemiro not only occulted attacking plays but was able to coax his way a couple of goals as well to make him the second pick from the side. Real Sociedad on the other hand see us make Portu the first pick from the club. He was integral to the side's formidable attacking setup last season with his seven goals and eight assists seeing him walk all over defences. With Real Madrid massively yearning for goals last season, striker Karim Benzema was more than ready to help fulfil the side's appetite. He ended up as the top scorer with twenty goals and eight assists, numbers which make him an instant pick for today. With Hazard nursing an injury, Vinicius Junior will get an outing for the visiting team to see him become the second selection from the club. We have Mikel Oyarzabal meanwhile be our selection from Real Sociedad with him scoring a behemoth ten goals and assisting eleven for the side last season. The twenty nine goals he was a part of for his side last term see us make Karim our side's captain while Ramos is the vice-captain. Remiro, Carvajal, Varane, Ramos, Casemiro, Portu, Roberto, Kroos, Karim, Mikel, Vinicus