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Arsenal enquire over Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo in £7m transfer after losing out to Brentford for Aaron Hickey


ARSENAL have reportedly contacted Benfica over a possible deal for Alex Grimaldo having missed out on the signing of Aaron Hickey.

Mikel Arteta is keen for a left-back to deputise for Kieran Tierney with Nuno Tavares guilty of inconsistent performances following his arrival last year.

Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo has been linked with a switch to Arsenal this summer

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Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo has been linked with a switch to Arsenal this summerCredit: EPA

The Gunners boss is willing to allow the Portugal youth international to depart on loan to gain valuable first team experience.

And the Spaniard is desperate to provide adequate back-up for Scottish star Tierney, where he had identified the defender’s compatriot Hickey as a possibility.

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But the Bologna starlet, 20, is understood to be closing in on a switch to Brentford in a £14million move.

However Arsenal are claimed to have already pressed on in search of another target, with it said Spanish star Grimaldo is an option.

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According to Record, the North London outfit have made an enquiry to Benfica over the availability of Grimaldo.

It has been alleged that along with contacting the Primeira Liga side, they have also been in touch with the player’s representatives.

And Arsenal could land the ex-Barcelona academy ace in a cut-price deal with his contract at the Estadio da Luz to expire in 2023.

Benfica would reportedly be open to parting ways with Grimaldo should they receive between £6m-£7m.

In what could be a plus for Arsenal, both Arteta and Grimaldo share the same agency in Wasserman.

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Should the full-back join the Premier League club, he would link up with former Benfica man Tavares.

Since arriving at Benfica in 2016 from Barca, Grimaldo has won three Portuguese top-flight titles, as well as both domestic cups.

Known for having an eye for goal, he chipped in with an impressive six goals and nine assists in 47 games last season.





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