Benfica 0 – Man United 1
It was a good week for Man United in the Champions League as the Red Devils made it three wins in a row.
Jose Mourinho’s side won 1-0 in Benfica, to virtually confirm United’s passage into the knockout phase of the competition.
Marcus Rashford was the hero for United in Portugal. The English striker saw his Ronaldinho-esque free-kick end up in the Benfica net.
Jose Mourinho & Alex Grimaldo
According to the Portuguese press on Saturday, Jose Mourinho is on the lookout for a new left-back.
In truth that’s hardly new news. Marcos Rojo has been a long term absentee along with Luke Shaw.
That’s seen players like Ashley Young and Daley Blind fill in at left-back this season.
But, according to Portuguese paper Record, Mourinho has given the ‘OK’ to Man United to push forward to sign Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo.
22-year-old Grimaldo is a La Masia graduate who was never given a chance to impress in the Barcelona first team.
Moreover, he was Benfica’s best player by some distance in this week’s Champions League tie.
Grimaldo vs. Man United
Can't believe Barcelona sold him for €1.5m and without a buy back clause. Quality player.pic.twitter.com/01PxXfmflp
— EiF (@EiF_Highlights) October 19, 2017
Grimaldo’s release clause
The truth is that Grimaldo has been linked with a possible move to Old Trafford for some time.
Under contract with Benfica until 2021, it’s been widely reported that Grimaldo has a £51 million buy-out clause in his Benfica contract.
Grimaldo joined Benfica in a £1.25 m deal from Barcelona in January 2016 and the Spanish champions reportedly hold the rights to a percentage any future transfer fee.
Barcelona, however, did not carve out a buy-back clause on Grimaldo when they let him leave the Camp Nou.
Grimaldo has featured at several youth levels for Spain and has won two caps so far for the under-21 side. He’s yet to win a cap for the Spanish senior side.