Napoli and Juventus to do battle for Grimaldo


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Talented Benfica left back Alex Grimaldo is reportedly set to be caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between Italian giants Juventus and Napoli as the two clubs will do battle to acquire the Spaniard’s signature, according to Tuttosport.

Grimaldo joined the Portuguese side in 2015 and has since made a total of 34 appearances, winning the Primeira Liga twice and impressing with his pace and composure on the ball. The talented fullback is also a UEFA European Under-19 Championship winner with Spain and has progressed quickly through the various youth levels of international football.

Benfica reportedly inserted a €60m release clause into their young star’s contract, and it looks as though Napoli and Juventus may have to pay a figure close to that in order to sign the Spaniard, with the Portuguese club apparently wanting €40m.

For Napoli Grimaldo would provide the ideal replacement for Faouzi Ghoulam, whose knee injury recently ruled him out for the rest of the season. Meanwhile any deal that Juventus may be willing to make will depend on the movements of current left back Alex Sandro, who has been heavily linked with a move away from Turin.

Regardless of which club Grimaldo chooses, a move to Italy would be a sure fire way to advance his career and perhaps give the talented player a better shot at breaking into the Spanish senior team.