Barcelona Planning to Replace Nelson Semedo With RB Leipzig Defender Lukas Klostermann

?RB Leipzig right-back Lukas Klostermann is being lined up for a summer move to Barcelona, who are planning to sell Nelson Semedo at the end of the 2019/20 campaign.

The 23-year-old has been with Die Roten Bullen since 2014 following a free transfer from VfL Bochum. He made over 40 appearances in each of the last two seasons, and this term the German international has again been integral to his side’s success, with Leipzig currently top of the Bundesliga.

Nelson Semedo

The east German outfit have also secured their place in the ?Champions League last-16, where they will face ?Tottenham Hotspur. 

According to Sky Sports (via ?Sport), Klostermann’s displays have caught the eye of the ?Barcelona hierarchy, with La Blaugrana currently on the look out for a new full-back after a number of underwhelming performances from Semedo this year and last.

The club’s director of football Eric Abidal has been monitoring Klostermann’s development at Red Bull Arena, and believes now is the time for the Catalan giants to make their move.

If Barça fail to act soon, they risk losing out to their competitors. J?uventus are known admirers of the youngster, who made his debut for Germany during the summer of 2018.

Lukas Klostermann

?Bayern Munich are likewise ready to pounce should Ernesto Valverde’s recruits continue to bide their time, with all three aware of the release-clause in Klostermann’s contract, which ends in 2021.

€35m would reportedly be enough to prise him away from Die Rotten Bullen, and there’s no reason to believe Barcelona wouldn’t stump up the cash, given they spent almost exactly the same sum on Semedo in 2017.

Klostermann has far more pedigree than his Portuguese counterpart, and the existence of a release-clause will make negotiations far smoother, suggesting this is a deal that’s likely to happen.

Furthermore, La Blaugrana’s key weakness this season has been defensive vulnerability, something the German can no doubt help with. It’s a bit of a no-brainer.


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