Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho wants to pay the €60million release clause of Benfica’s Alex Grimaldo, claims a report.
The source are Spanish outlet Don Balon, and while a lot of their talk is usually pie in the sky, this link seems more legitimate.
Mourinho is believed to be on the hunt for a left-back with Danny Rose on loan at Newcastle and looking likely to be sold permanently in the summer. The Northern Echo reported that Mourinho “will not stand in the way” of a permanent move to Tyneside.
Grimaldo, 24, has risen in prominence at Benfica after joining the Portuguese club in January 2016. The defender has made 39 appearances this season and grabbed eight assists and there’s a feeling in Catalonia that he was sold too soon.
Barcelona offloaded him without a buyback clause after, per the source, believing he would never make the grade in Spain after debuting for the B team at 16. Barca decided that a loan was also not an option and sold him for around €2million; Benfica now have protected his contracted with a €60million release clause.
Now Spurs want the player and Mourinho has been “convinced” that his price tag represents value for money. Barcelona meanwhile are looking at Alex Telles, when Don Balon points out, Grimaldo was there’s before they gifted him to Benfica.
In February 2019, the Gunners were rumoured to be chasing the defender as a long-term replacement for Naco Monreal at The Emirates.