Jose Mourinho makes Benfica star defender his top summer target

Jose Mourinho makes Benfica star defender his top summer target

- Jose Mourinho is planning to bring Benfica midfielder Alex Grimaldo to Old Trafford

- Grimaldo is a Barcelona academy product

- He impressed the Manchester United boss during Manchester United Champions League clash with Benfica

Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho is planning a fresh raid on his Portuguese homeland for Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo.

Mourinho is now understood to have ordered United scouts to keep ex-Barcelona starlet Grimaldo under regular observation.

Jose Mourinho set to sign Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo

The Spaniard impressed the Portuguese boss during United's 1-0 win over Benfica (photo: EPA)

The Manchester United boss led a successful mission to the Lisbon club on Wednesday, October 18, with the Red Devils winning their Champions League game 1-0.

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The Special One is now considering a move for Benfica left-back Grimaldo, who shone for the Primeira Liga champs as a goalkeeping mistake gifted Marcus Rashford United's winner.

The 22-year-old has won two Spain Under-21 caps, plus 19 more at various youth levels, and is on the brink of the senior national squad.

Jose Mourinho set to sign Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo

Grimaldo moved to Benfica from Barcelona's B team in January 2016 for £1.4m (photo: Getty contributor)

Left-back has been a problem position at Old Trafford this season, with injuries to Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw.

Both Daley Blind and Ashley Young have played out of position to fill the gap.

Grimaldo is a Barcelona academy product, who spent four years in the Catalans' B team before a bargain £1.4million move to Benfica in January 2016.

He has since helped bring two league titles to the Stadium of Light, as well as a Portuguese Cup, League Cup and two Super Cups.

Under contract until 2021, the Valencia-born ace has a £50m release clause written into the deal.

Barca are entitled to a percentage of any future sale.

Source: Yen.com.gh

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