Report: Club eye Wolves star to replace Newcastle-bound talent

Spanish newspaper Marca claim that Atletico Madrid have identified Wolves defender Nelson Semedo as a possible replacement for Kieran Trippier. The England star is set to join Newcastle in the coming hours.

Trippier, 31, has made no secret of his desire to return to the Premier League – having won the La Liga title with Atletico Madrid last season. Newcastle have won the race, Fabrizio Romano saying a deal “sealed”.

With Atleti losing their first-choice right-back, replacements are already being drawn up by Diego Simeone. Earlier this week, Chelsea veteran Cesar Azpilicueta is supposedly an option – with his contract ending in 2022.

But now, Marca report that Azpilicueta has been joined on Atleti’s shortlist by Wolves and Portugal star Semedo. The 28-year-old has been first choice since joining Wolves in 2020, clocking up 53 outings in all competitions.

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Semedo contract might see Wolves sell, as Newcastle eye Trippier

The ex-Barcelona man has entered the final 18 months of his contract at Wolves. Having penned a three-year deal at Wolves, he will need to sign a new deal soon – or Wolves will have two windows to obtain a fee for him.

While he has been steady during his 53 outings, he has hardly proved to Wolves fans that he was worthy of previously wearing a Barcelona shirt – or costing north of £25million. Perhaps, he is better suited to Spanish football.

A move to Atletico Madrid might suit both club and player, then. Wolves can bring in some cash for the defender if he is unwilling to sign a contract – and Semedo can return to a league in which he has starred in before.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - JANUARY 03: Nelson Semedo of Wolverhampton Wanderers walks off the pitch at half time during the Premier League match between Manchester United and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Old Trafford on January 03, 2022 in Manchester, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas - WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images)
Photo by Jack Thomas – WWFC/Wolves via Getty Images

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