Napoli considering a move for Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo
Alex Grimaldo has emerged as a surprise target for Napoli in the winter transfer window.
Napoli are considering a move for Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo, according to the football transfer rumours in Italian media.
The Spain international was signed by Benfica in January 2016 from Barcelona B for a fee of 2.2 million euros. The 22-year-old has a contract until 2021 with the club.
Since his arrival from Barcelona B, Alex Grimaldo has scored two goals and provided six assists in 42 games for Benfica, including one assist in 16 games in all competitions this season.
Napoli are scouting the 22-year-old, who has been in considerably impressive form for Benfica in recent times.
Alex Grimaldo has represented Spain at Under-17, Under-19 and Under-21 level, winning 19 caps and scoring one goal.
Adding a left-back remains Napoli’s top priority this winter and Maurizio Sarri will have drafted a shortlist of a number of possible targets he could approach in the coming weeks.
Maurizio Sarri has always been a manager who keeps his eyes on the most talented young players across the globe.
The Napoli manager has been impressed by Grimaldo’s performances this season and could make a move in the coming transfer window.
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According to the report, Napoli have turned their attention to Benfica’s Alex Grimaldo, as Atletico Madrid won’t sell Sime Vrsaljko in January. Faouzi Ghoulam is out with a cruciate ligament injury, so Napoli still need reinforcements at full-back and they’re ready to offer in the region of 20 million euros for Grimaldo.
Whether or not this is the end for Alex Grimaldo in Benfica remains to be seen. If the move goes through as reported, then it would be a fantastic deal for all parties involved.
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