Barcelona nabs influential Benfica fullback Nelsinho

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Barcelona’s summer has been relatively quiet on the transfer front, though inking Lionel Messi to a contract extension carries a lot of weight.

Thursday changed that, in part, as Barca added one for now and the future in Portuguese full back Nelson Semedo (pending a medical).

“Nelsinho” was the ninth-top performer in Portugal’s top flight with Benfica last season.

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The 23-year-old has six caps for Portugal, and played in the Confederations Cup though he was not on the nation’s EURO winning side.

Semedo has 65 senior appearances for Benfica with three goals and 12 assists. He was linked to Premier League side Newcastle United earlier this summer.