Arsenal eager to sign 27-year-old Primeira Liga defender

Arsenal and Chelsea are among many teams keen on signing Benfica left-back Alejandro Grimaldo. The Spanish left-back’s deal expires in 2023, which could see him get a move in winter. Alex was one of the footballers mentioned as a credible target for a few top teams in the summer.

The reasons behind Grimaldo staying put at Benfica remain unknown. But the 27-year-old defender could be back on the market when the winter window opens. The Spaniard is primarily a left-back, but he does take up positions in midfield and on the wings, depending on how the coach wants to play.

Overall, the Spanish defender is the kind of versatile star top teams are vying for in the current market. Benfica boss Roger Schmidt recently expressed his desire to see the former Barcelona player extend his stay but left the decision up to the footballer.

As things stand, there are no indications Grimaldo could stay in Portugal as several high-profile sides are circling for his signature. However, the lure of the PL has proved difficult to turn down for many footballers, which may well be the case with Alejandro. The Gunners are reportedly considering bringing him to the London club.

The report insists that Benfica’s playing style is similar to that of the Spanish manager, hence a move would make sense. Considering Mikel Arteta has Oleksandr Zinchenko, Kieran Tierney and Takehiro Tomiyasu for the left-back role, it is difficult to see them going for another defender of a similar profile.