Chelsea are reportedly interested in signing Wolverhampton Wanderers right-back Nelson Semedo in the January transfer window, to provide competition for Reece James. The Portuguese defender, who joined Wolves from Barcelona for around £37m in 2020, is said to be a target for Graham Potter’s side.
This is according to Chelsea journalist Simon Phillips, who told Give Me Sport the Blues are eager to bring in another right-back to add depth and push James to the next level. “Chelsea like Semedo from Wolves and are considering him as an option,” Phillips said.
Semedo has fallen down the pecking order at Molineux somewhat having started just six Premier League games out of an available 14 this season. He’s also provided just one goal contribution in that time despite in the past being a key influence driving forward. This came in Wolves’ most recent result - a 1-1 draw away at Brentford.
There’s no doubt Semedo is a top talent, as in his prime he was a key man at right-back for Barcelona, playing 82 times between 2017 and 2020. Before that, the 28-year-old, who is renowned for his speed and close ball control, featured in 43 matches for Portuguese giants Benfica.
With Chelsea looking to add much-needed depth to their right-hand side, and with Semedo currently not an out-and-out first choice with the Wanderers, a move to the capital could theoretically be a good move for all parties. As long as Wolves recoup a large chunk of the £37m fee paid, the Portuguese could potentially revive his career at Stamford Bridge.