Mourinho gives the go-ahead to pursue Benfica left-back

Date published: Sunday 22nd October 2017 1:35 - Joe Williams

Jose Mourinho has given Manchester United permission to pursue Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo, according to reports.

Portuguese newspaper Record claims that Mourinho was impressed with the Spaniard during United’s recent Champions League victory against Benfica in Portugal on Wednesday.

Ashley Young, Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind have all filled in at left-back this season and United are yet to find an effective solution to long-term absentee Marcos Rojo, while Luke Shaw’s future is up in the air.

Grimaldo has started three matches in the Portuguese top flight this season as well as three Champions League games, contributing one assist.

The report continues by saying Mourinho has given the ‘OK’ to push ahead with a deal for Grimaldo, who signed for Benfica from Barcelona for just €1.5 million in 2015.

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