Arsenal eye Barcelona academy graduate Alex Grimaldo as potential Nacho Monreal & Sead Kolasinac replacement

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 8 Feb 2019 10:09 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link419Sharescenter_img Arsenal eye Barcelona academy graduate Alex Grimaldo as potential Nacho Monreal & Sead Kolasinac replacement Alex Grimaldo has been targeted by a number of heavyweight European clubs (Picture: Getty)Arsenal are eyeing a move for Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo, but will face competition from several European heavyweights.Jose Mourinho had ordered Manchester United to keep tabs on the 23-year-old before his sacking in December, while the likes of Atletico Madrid and Manchester City are also monitoring the Barcelona academy graduate.Left-back has turned into something of a problem position for Unai Emery, with Nacho Monreal’s season severely disrupted by a number of muscle injuries.The 32-year-old’s contract was due to expire at the end of the season but reports claim Arsenal opted to trigger a 12-month extension clause in January.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man City ‘We want to win’: Emery speaks before Huddersfield gameTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 11:35Fullscreen’We want to win’: Emery speaks before Huddersfield game is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.In Monreal’s absence, Sead Kolasinac, a free signing from Schalke 18 months ago, has emerged as a key attacking weapon but remains suspect defensively, especially on the occasions Emery has reverted to a flat back four.Arsenal were restricted to signing players on loan during the most recent transfer window and Emery could be handed as little as £45million to work with in the summer before player sales.Mesut Ozil and Shkodran Mustafi are two players who could be sold in a bid to raise extra funds, but even then Arsenal would struggle to secure the services of Grimaldo without the carrot of Champions League football.Mundo Deportivo, however, claim Arsenal lead the race for the player who cost Benfica just £2m when he moved from Barcelona three years ago.More: Manchester United FCRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseEx-Man Utd coach blasts Ed Woodward for two key transfer errorslast_img