Juventus are on the hunt for a defender, and Alex Grimaldo is a player who is thought to be on their radar.
According to the football transfer rumours in Spanish media, Juventus are eyeing move for Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo.
The Spain international was signed by Benfica in January 2016 from Barcelona B for a fee of 2.1 million euros. The 23-year-old has a contract until 2021 with the club.
The 23-year-old has been touted as one of the brightest young prospects in Spain.
Alex Grimaldo has represented Spain at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level, winning 19 caps and scoring one goal.
Juventus have built a reputation for recruiting young talent from within Europe, predominantly targeting those with sell-on value and immense potential.
The Spain international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of defensive player Allegri wants to target in the summer transfer window.
According to Football Espana (via Calciomercato), “Benfica full-back Alejandro ‘Alex’ Grimaldo is now being targeted by Italian champions Juventus. The 23-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Atletico Madrid in the past by Spanish media, with Filipe Luis and Lucas Hernandez facing uncertain futures at the club. The fresh report claims the Bianconeri are now eyeing the defender – who has also been linked to Manchester City and Arsenal – instead of Real Madrid’s Marcelo. The reports have nicknamed the left-back as being ‘the next Jordi Alba’ and could be set for a move away from the Lisbon-based club this summer.”
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Benfica are not in a position where they need to sell and would like to keep hold of the defender, but right offer may force the club to consider a deal.
It will be interesting to see what happens when Juventus come calling for Grimaldo this summer.