Barcelona will receive 15% of the transfer fee for Benfica’s Alejandro Grimaldo if the left-back ends up leaving, with Arsenal interested, but the La Liga side don’t have a buy-back clause.
Mundo Deportivo write that Grimaldo is ‘one of the most sought-after young players’ on the market right now. They claim Arsenal, Atletico Madrid, Juventus and Manchester City are all interested, among others. However, Barcelona are also keeping a close eye on the situation, despite not having an interest in purchasing him.
That’s because the Catalan club reportedly have a 15% sell-on clause in Grimaldo’s contract. They don’t have a buy-back clause, and they know the player is only interested in going somewhere to be a starter, which wouldn’t happen at Barcelona with Jordi Alba around. So they’re just keen to pick up some extra cash.
There have been plenty of links between Grimaldo and Arsenal in recent months. Reports earlier this month suggested the Gunners had made contact with Benfica over the potential transfer. The club have also sent scouts to watch him on multiple occasions. Grimaldo himself even came to visit London recently, on unrelated business (apparently).
Arsenal could do with a left back, amid rumours that Nacho Monreal is set to run down his contract and leave. We’ll see if Grimaldo is the man for the job.