Manchester United are keeping tabs on Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo while Arsenal are ready to tie down Hector Bellerin to a new deal, according to Monday’s newspapers.
GRIMALDO CATCHES UNITED’S EYE
Manchester United scouts were present at the Estadio da Luz on Sunday night to watch Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo, according to the Daily Mail.
The 21-year-old would have certainly caught the eye after scoring a classy free-kick in the 4-0 win against Feirense.
The former Barcelona defender has a £51million release clause in his contract, but it is thought that the Portuguese would be willing to negotiate with any interest club, which includes Manchester United’s arch-rivals at the Etihad.
Scouts from Juventus, Valencia and Middlesbrough were also at the match, with the former said to be looking for a long-term successor to Patrice Evra.
Grimaldo only joined Benfica in January for a meagre £1.25million fee after he found first-team appearances hard to come by at Camp Nou.
ARSENAL TO WARD OFF BELLERIN SUITORS
Arsenal are reportedly preparing a new five-year deal for rampaging full-back Hector Bellerin in a bid to end speculation about his future.
According to the Daily Mirror, the Spaniard’s representatives will open preliminary talks with the Gunners over the course of the international break, which will come as a blow to both Manchester City and Barcelona who have been strongly linked in recent weeks.
Barcelona, who have already heaped praise on Bellerin, were hoping to tempt the 21-year-old to come back to the club where he started his career, while Manchester City apparently made contact with Arsenal over the summer about a potential move.
Bellerin still has three years left on his current deal, but worried Arsenal officials are ready to act now to prevent him from having his head turned by other offers.
The report also mentions that Arsenal have opened talks with both Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez about signing new deals.
AND THE REST
West Ham hero Dimitri Payet was trapped in the car park at the London Stadium following Saturday’s 1-1 draw with Middlesbrough as fans clashed (Daily Express)
Meanwhile, Hammers manager Slaven Bilic wants his team to train at the London Stadium to make it feel “more like home” (Daily Mail)
Manchester City are interested in Lazio forward Alessandro Rossi, 19, according to his agent (Gianluca di Marzo)
Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has denied the club are in crisis after their fourth successive draw of the season (Marca)
Steve McClaren says his former Manchester United coaching colleague Mike Phelan has been left in difficult position at Hull City (Hull Daily Mail)
Swansea players are still supporting manager Francesco Guidolin, according to captain Leon Britton (South Wales Evening Post)
Sunderland captain John O’Shea says the club are not in crisis despite their latest draw against West Brom. The Black Cats have not won a Premier League game since May (Daily Telegraph)