Arsenal are ‘keeping tabs on Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo’ with Mikel Arteta eager to secure cover for Kieran Tierney at left-back as ‘a deal for Lisandro Martinez likely to fall through’
- Arsenal are keeping tabs on Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo, 26, this summer
- Grimaldo is said to be available for as little as £6million and clubs are swarming
- This is not the first time Arsenal have registered an interest in signing Grimaldo
The 26-year-old is said to be available for as little as £6million this summer and several top-flight clubs are looking to pounce.
Mikel Arteta is eager to reinforce his defensive line ahead of the 2022-2023 campaign and has reportedly reached out to Grimaldo’s representatives.
Arsenal are of the Premier League clubs keeping tabs on Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo
Manager Mikel Arteta is eager to add a defender to his ranks for the 2022-2023 campaign
Arsenal are eager to sign a defender during the summer transfer window to provide cover for Kieran Tierney at left-back.
Arsenal’s late season issues came to the fore when Tierney was ruled out for the remainder of the campaign, with Mikel Arteta having to use players out of position.
Arsenal have been in talks with Lisandro Martinez, but their potential deal is likely to fall through. Therefore, they have reportedly turned their attention to Grimaldo.
He thinks it is important to provide cover for Kieran Tierney at left back after last season
Portuguese newspaper Record have said that the Gunners have already reached out to the player’s representatives over a potential deal.
Arteta believes Grimaldo would be a valuable addition to the squad as he has scored 19 goals and registered 50 assists in his 247 appearances for Benfica.
As it stands, Grimaldo has one year left on his current deal with Benfica. Therefore, the Portuguese side could be eager to sell him this summer to avoid losing him for free next year.
This is not the first time Arsenal have registered an interest in the Benfica defender. They previously monitored his situation at Benfica in February 2019.
This is not the first time Arsenal have registered an interest in signing Grimaldo (middle)
Arsenal were in need of a younger alternative at left back – as their first choice option, Nacho Monreal, was turning 33 at the end of the transfer window.
They felt Grimaldo would be a good option. However, they were not alone in their pursuit and faced competition from Manchester City, Napoli, Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid.
However, Grimaldo decided to stay at Benfica – completing the 2019-2020 and 2021-2022 campaign in Portugal.