Arsenal have submitted a bid to Benfica for Spanish left-back Alejandro Grimaldo as they look to bolster their defensive options.
What’s the story?
According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, the Gunners have made a proposal of €7m (£5.9m) for the defender who is entering the last year of his contract at the club.
He is rated at £18m by Transfermarkt so if Arsenal can secure his services for less than half that price then it would be a huge bargain for the club.
It’s not the first time he has been linked with a move to the north London side, he was rumoured as a possible replacement for Nacho Monreal in 2019 but a move never materialised.
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He’s what Arteta needs
The move comes with the club potentially willing to offload another player they signed from Benfica in Nuno Tavares. The 22-year-old joined the Gunners last summer but are now happy to let the player leave.
It means manager Mikel Arteta is in need of a back-up to Kieran Tierney which is why the club have submitted an offer for Grimaldo. Supporters will be hoping that this time buying a left-back from Benfica will turn out more successful than the aforementioned Tavares who has had a rather topsy-turvy spell at the Emirates.
The Spaniard made 29 appearances in Liga Portugal last season, assisting five goals and creating 13 big chances, proving that he can be a big threat going forward.
Having also scored some insane goals during his career, showcasing his attacking potential, Mootaz Chehade has described him as “special” while comparing him to a certain Roberto Carlos.
He’s an expert at finding the right pass with a crazy accuracy percentage of 85% per game but importantly, Grimaldo can offer real competition in his position and really push Tierney all the way. Thus, it’s a move that makes sense given the price tag too.
It’s not just going forward where he impresses though, defensively he’s a match for the Scotsman making 20 more tackles last season which resulted in his team winning possession of the ball.