City are looking for viable competition at right-back with Danilo expected to leave and Kyle Walker’s indifferent form last season placing them in the market.
Juventus star Joao Cancelo was largely viewed as the priority but a switch has quietened down in recent weeks, forcing City to look at options elsewhere.
Semedo, though, is set to become Ernesto Valverde’s first-choice at right-back having shared the role with Sergi Roberto.
And that has meant the club are unwilling to sell the Portugal international and their response to City’s inquiry, according Sport’s report, is to point out his €100 million release clause.
Further to that, they also believe Barcelona will offer Semedo a new deal with his current contract running out in 2022.
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