Barcelona considering a move for Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo

Barcelona are looking to add a left-back to bolster their first-team squad

As it currently appears, the likes of  Alejandro Balde may need to go out on loan to enhance his development. Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo has emerged as a possible replacement for Jordi Alba.

According to Diario Sport, Grimaldo’s contract with the Portuguese club expires in the summer of 2023, and the club’s plan is for him to either renew at the end of the season or be transferred for a reasonable cost. Last year, they asked €30 million for him, but there were no takers.

But there’s also the long-running chase for Valencia’s Jose Gaya. He is currently negotiating a contract extension with his club, but because his deal is slated to expire in the summer of 2023, he could be sold if he does not extend. While Gaya’s objective is to remain at Mestalla, Barcelona is keeping an eye on the situation. However, Grimaldo, who left Barcelona for Benfica in 2015, is also a possibility.

On the other hand, fresh developments report that Alex Telles features on a five-man shortlist of left-back targets for Barcelona should he consider his Manchester United future, it has been claimed.

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