Arsenal delegations watched £25m-rated former Barcelona ace in action

The Premier League giants Arsenal had scouts at Estadio da Luz the previous week, the Portuguese press reports.

According to a Portuguese sports newspaper Record, Arsenal had officials closely watching Benfica’s Europa League clash versus Turkish top flight Super Lig title chasers Galatasaray, which ended with a goalless draw.

The Gunners’ target isn’t revealed by the outlet, and as the London club are one of the sides who often have delegations watching games in Portugal, it’s sometimes difficult to guess who their target is this time.

But the latest reports make it clear that one Aguias player of interest to Arsenal is Alex Grimaldo. Not only in stories emerging from the Portuguese press, but by the Spanish press as well.

Grimaldo, who’s been in brilliant form for a couple of campaigns now, had another good match against Galatasaray, being picked as Man of the Match by the newspaper.

Alex’s shown some versatility for doing well in defence and creating a number of chances as well. The full-back is protected by a €60 million buy-out clause, and with several sides interested, the club will be seeing Euro signs.

Juventus, Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United, Bayer Leverkusen, Inter Milan, Everton, Atletico Madrid, ACM Milan, Real Valladolid, Manchester City and Sevilla were the other sides who had delegations at this game.

Spanish defender signed for Benfica in January transfer window of 2015 for a reported €1.5 million fee. Barcelona will also receive a percentage of any future transfer sum should the star be sold by Liga NOS heavyweights.