Semedo joins Alves as Barca's most expensive defender ever

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Semedo joins Alves as Barca's most expensive defender ever

The fee of 30 million euros spent by Barcelona to bring the Portuguese defender Nelson Semedo to the Camp Nou equals the record, set Dani by Alves, as the most the Catalan club have spent on a defender.

Alves, though, had an add-ons clause of 6m euros, one which he did indeed meet, while Semedo's add-ons would only reach a maximum of 5m euros, according to MARCA.

With the addition of Semedo, Barcelona have finally brought to an end their search for a right-back, failing to effectively fill the void vacated by the Brazilian in the summer of 2016.

Hector Bellerin was evidently the club's first choice for the role, but Arsenal's refusal to negotiate for their asset left the LaLiga side having to turn their attention elsewhere.

Historically, Barcelona have always had to pay over the odds for defenders, and even those who are valued at a significantly lower number see their price inflate once the Catalans become interested.

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