Tottenham are keeping tabs on Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo but face competition from Arsenal and Napoli, according to reports in Portugal.

Grimaldo, a Barcelona academy graduate, has made over 100 appearances for Benfica since breaking into the first team as a teenager in the 2015/16 season. Now 24, the left-back is a regular for the Primeira Liga champions and has already registered four assists in nine league appearance this term.

Portuguese outlet A Bola claims Napoli are interested in signing Grimaldo in the January transfer window because of their injury troubles in defence, but it is believed Spurs and Arsenal are also following the Spaniard closely.

Mauricio Pochettino may be on the lookout for a new left-back. Danny Rose’s future at Tottenham remains uncertain, while Ben Davies has been a divisive figure for some time now and Ryan Sessegnon might be preferred in a more attacking role.

With that in mind, Grimaldo would be an ideal signing. A Bola suggests he could be valued at €40 million, which is relatively cheap in today’s market. If Spurs can raise funds by selling Rose, Grimaldo could become a viable option in January.



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