Arsenal reportedly sent a club official to watch Alejandro Grimaldo after scouting the player previously, so who is he, how much will he cost and what chance do Arsenal have of signing him?

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HARRISON, NJ - JULY 28: Alejandro Grimaldo #3 of Benfica celebrates scoring a goal against Juventus during the International Champions Cup 2018 match between Benfica and Juventus at Red Bull Arena on July 28, 2018 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)
HARRISON, NJ – JULY 28: Alejandro Grimaldo #3 of Benfica celebrates scoring a goal against Juventus during the International Champions Cup 2018 match between Benfica and Juventus at Red Bull Arena on July 28, 2018 in Harrison, New Jersey. (Photo by Adam Hunger/Getty Images)

The 23-year-old Benfica defender comes with a tasty €60m release clause which certainly seems too rich for Arsenal, especially when you consider the host of clubs linked with the left-back who can also play on the wing.

As detailed by Sport Witness, Juventus, Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Everton, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid, Milan, Sevilla, Manchester City, and Real Valladolid all had scouts at the same Europa League game midweek and no doubt some of them were there to watch Grimaldo.

Quite a few clubs there with considerably deeper pockets than Arsenal, that’s for sure.

Grimaldo certainly impressed during Thursday night’s game against Galatasaray which finished 0-0 and was named Man of the Match by Portuguese publication, Record.

He finished the game with two shots, one key pass, 80.6% passing accuracy, and three dribbles. He also put in three tackles, made one interception, three clearances and got in three crosses.

Grimaldo has enjoyed an excellent season so far and you can read more about that next.

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