​New Barcelona signing Nelson Semedo has revealed he "didn't think about any other offers" as soon as he knew the Catalan giants were interested in signing him from Benfica, according to ​ESPN.


Manchester United were tipped as one of the right back's main suitors this summer - Manchester City too - but Barca swooped in to complete a deal worth £26m for the 23-year-old earlier this week. Barca in the end decided to sign Semedo ahead of Arsenal's Hector Bellerin, and the Portuguese star insisted he was proud to join such a prestigious club.

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He said upon his unveiling on Friday: "Barcelona was always my first option. I didn't even think about any other offers. All players want to play for Barcelona and I'm no exception. I was really excited when I heard they wanted to sign me.


"I am very proud to wear this shirt and I will do everything I can for this club. I already knew what a great club it is, but I have realised even more so today. I'm really happy the deal has been pushed through."


Sporting director Robert Fernandez, who was sat alongside Semedo at his unveiling, admitted that the club did pursue other targets such as Bellerin, but that neither he nor Semedo were considered as a 'Plan A or Plan B'.


He said: "I don't like talking about first options. I've never looked at things as Plan A, Plan B. Nelson's name came up very early because he has the physical and technical attributes we need and I don't think he will have any problems adapting to the club.

"Yes, we did look at other players, but Nelson was a player we'd watched for a long time and finally we decided that he was the one we wanted. We chose him because he's young, has a big future ahead of him and has been playing at the top level for a year and a half.


"When you go into the transfer market, if you're looking for a young, international player with Champions League experience there's going to be a price to pay.


"Lots of teams are looking for the same things as us and right-back is a key area in the market at the moment. A player went in England this week (Kyle Walker to Manchester City) for a lot of money, so that shows how difficult it is. So in the case of Nelson, we did a good job (getting him for that price)."

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