Arsenal enter the race for 26-year-old Primeira Liga defender

Arsenal and Man City may be ready to battle it out to add Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo in the winter transfer window, according to reports. The 26-year-old defender is out of contract in 2023, so the Eagles are reportedly open to a sale in the January window.

Alex joined Benfica from Barcelona for less than £2m in 2016 and has played 261 games for the Portuguese giants. Grimaldo never laced up for the Blaugrana first team but racked up 92 games for their B team. The Spanish defender has won three Portuguese league titles and one Portuguese Cup in six-and-a-half years with the Eagles.

The Spaniard is yet to earn a cap for the national team, but the defender is attracting plenty of interest around Europe. The Eagles are willing to offload Alejandro in winter to avoid losing him on a free transfer six months later. Juventus see the defender as an ‘accessible goal’ in the January transfer window given his deal situation.

It is believed he will cost nearly £6m despite being worth £18m. Alejandro played the full 90 minutes with the Old Lady on Wednesday evening in the UCL as the Eagles came out with a 2-1 victory in Turin.

The report adds that Arsenal, Man City, Inter Milan and Barcelona are all keeping tabs on Grimaldo’s situation after ‘gathering information on his situation in recent months’. Arsenal have Tierney and Zinchenko competing for a starting berth under Arteta, while Tavares, who joined from Benfica last year, is currently out on loan at Marseille.