Arsenal shelled out almost £120m in the summer transfer window, bringing in five new players, but attention is already turning to January in the club’s recruitment department.
Grimaldo, who came the youth ranks at Barcelona, was a target for Manchester City this year, as per Marca. The Spaniard is out of contract at the end of the season, so Benfica know that the winter market is potentially their last opportunity to cash in on the 26-year-old.
Significantly, it’s said that the Spaniard would be available for ‘less than €10million’ (£8.6m) because of his contract situation.
Arsenal already have two left-backs at their disposal in Oleksandr Zinchenko, who joined this summer, and Kieran Tierney, but it wouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the latter leave the club given that Zinchenko’s arrival appears to have pushed him down the pecking order.
Indeed, the Ukrainian has started every Premier League game for which he has been available so far this season.
Grimaldo could be a low-cost replacement if the Scot does move on, and the 26-year-old proved his quality in Benfica’s Champions League opener against Maccabi Haifa on Tuesday.
He won the official Player of the Match award after setting up his team’s first goal, scoring the second and making three tackles (Sofascore), and there was simply ‘no stopping’ his long-range screamer, according to BT Sport’s official Twitter account.
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