The former Barcelona defender is a regular first-team player for the Portuguese side.
The Spanish defender came from Barca’s youth academy and made 92 appearances for the B team of the Catalonian club. He scored 6 goals and provided 12 assists. He joined the club from Valencia’s youth team.
Grimaldo made his debut against Cartagena in September 2011. He scored his first professional against Alaves in 2014.
The defender did not get the chance to feature for the senior Barcelona team, as Jordi Alba was in his prime moment in the left-back position.
Arsenal Transfer News: Grimaldo’s Excellent Form at Benfica
As he decided not to sign any contract extension, the club sold him for just €1.5 million to Portuguese champion Benfica before the six months of his contract expiry. But Barca has the right to a percentage of a future sale in the transfer terms. He signed a long contract that would run until 2021.
At Benfica, he won three Portuguese League titles and made 169 appearances. He made his debut for the club against Moreirense which had a 6-1 winning result. To this date, Grimaldo has scored 20 goals and 52 assists for the club.
The Spanish defender is now in the final year of his contract and will be a free agent in the next summer transfer window. Benfica considered selling him this summer but has failed to do so. So, they will try to sell him again in the January transfer window to get a transfer fee.
Arsenal Transfer New: Link to Other Clubs
During this summer window, many clubs like Manchester City and Arsenal showed interest in signing him. Man City was in the market for an experienced left-back but they did not go all out. Arsenal was also keen to add another left-back to bolster their squad.
Though the summer window is over, the transfer gossip and rumours are still going on. There are many players whose contracts will expire next summer, and their clubs will try to sell them in January at a cheap price to get a transfer fee. Alejandro Grimaldo is one of those players.
According to TuttoJuve, Juventus is ready to bring Grimaldo in to replace aging Alex Sandro in January at a cheap price. The sum can be around less than 10 million euros.
On the other hand, Premier League Clubs like Arsenal and Newcastle United are also said to be highly interested.
Arsenal can offer Europa League football whether Newcastle cannot. But one thing is sure Benfica will try their best to sell him in January to get a transfer fee on their prized asset.