Juventus and Newcastle United are joining Arsenal in the race for Alejandro Grimaldo, as he runs down his contract with Benfica.

PIRAEUS, GREECE: Alejandro Grimaldo of S.L. Benfica runs with the ball during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Arsenal FC and SL Benfica at Karaiskakis Stadium on February 25, 2021. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)
PIRAEUS, GREECE: Alejandro Grimaldo of S.L. Benfica runs with the ball during the UEFA Europa League Round of 32 match between Arsenal FC and SL Benfica at Karaiskakis Stadium on February 25, 2021. (Photo by Milos Bicanski/Getty Images)

TuttoJuve report that Juventus want to sign Alejandro Grimaldo of Benfica, considering a January bid.

The defender is likely to be available at a cut-price fee, considering his contract will expire at the end of the season. Any interested club might also consider trying to tie him down to a pre-contract in the winter window.

According to the Italian outlet, there’s talk of a figure of less than €10m for Grimaldo’s sale, with Newcastle United and Arsenal also on his case.

Arsenal don’t seem to be in desperate need of a left-back, with Kieran Tierney and Oleksandr Zinchenko now both at the club. But it remains to be seen how the two players will handle the new hierarchy in the squad.

If Tierney ends up playing more of a backup role this season, it’s not impossible he might become unsettled. Arsenal might look to prepare a replacement just in case that happens.

For now, with the number of games on offer, that doesn’t really appear to be a pressing issue. Not to mention the fact Nuno Tavares will return to the club from his loan next summer.

Benfica's Spanish defender Alejandro Grimaldo (back C) scores past Nacional's Brazilian goalkeeper Daniel Guimaraes (R) during the Portuguese league football match between CD Nacional Funchal and SL Benfica at the Madeira stadium in Funchal on September 2, 2018. (Photo by Helder SANTOS / AFP / Getty Images)
Benfica’s Spanish defender Alejandro Grimaldo (back C) scores past Nacional’s Brazilian goalkeeper Daniel Guimaraes (R) during the Portuguese league football match between CD Nacional Funchal and SL Benfica at the Madeira stadium in Funchal on September 2, 2018. (Photo by Helder SANTOS / AFP / Getty Images)

Arsenal have regularly been linked with Grimaldo in the past, but the rumours have never gone anywhere. There was talk this summer of a potential €7m offer, but the speculation fizzled out as the window progressed.

Newcastle and Juventus are more likely destinations for the man who began his career at Barcelona.

Grimaldo scored six goals and assisted nine in 47 appearances last season, and he has one goal and two assists in 10 games this campaign.

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