Unai Emery will reportedly (as per the Sun) target a new left-back when the transfer window reopens in the summer.
The former PSG boss was handed minimal funds during January and could only secure the loan addition of Denis Suarez despite wanting defensive reinforcements. Instead, Emery will be forced to put his transfer plans on hold until the summer. Working with a new director of football, identifying a new left-back will be a priority.
Sead Kolasinac has been extremely inconsistent since joining from Schalke and Nacho Monreal has struggled massively with injuries as he approaches the twilight of his career. Emery is set to be given just a small amount of money to work with yet again but a new left-sided defender should be the main focus.
One man the Gunners could look to recruit is Benfica flyer – Alejandro Grimaldo. Valued at £25.2m by Transfermarkt, the Spaniard is a graduate of Barcelona’s famed academy but ultimately failed to make the grade at the Nou Camp. Instead, Grimaldo joined Benfica for a nominal fee in 2016 and has proven to be an inspired addition at the club.
The 23-year-old has established himself as one of the best full-backs in the division, helping his side lift two Portuguese league titles. Grimaldo is a potent attacking threat from the back, scoring five goals and registering five assists so far this season. With blistering pace and brilliant crossing ability, the former Spain U21 international has all the attributes to be a massive success in the Premier League.
Still developing and improving, Grimaldo would thrive under Emery’s world-class management. Moving to England could be just what he needs to cement a spot in the senior Spain national team.
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