Jose Mourinho will not be a happy man going into the international break as his team managed to take just a point from the home game against a struggling Stoke side last weekend. The manager has been under pressure recently with a dip in form for his side and it does not come as a surprise that Mourinho is eyeing a move for a number of European stars in January. One such star who is now linked with a move to Old Trafford is the Spanish full-back Alex Grimaldo. The Red Devils have reportedly kept an eye on the 21-year old recently and are planning to make a move in January.
And here are three reasons why the Red Devils should go all out on the exciting youngster:
The 21-year old moved out of the Barcelona B side only recently to join Benfica in January. He was skeptic about his chances in Spain with Jordi Alba acting as the senior member of the club and country. However, this season in Portugal, he has made a sizzling start by making it into the starting XI in each of the nine game in all competitions including a couple in the Champions League. A left-back by trait, Grimaldo is also comfortable playing an advanced role and is a raw talent that most managers would want to invest on. He reportedly has a £51m release clause but with his potential, he can easily repay his valuation especially in this inflated market.
Lack of quality in the market:
One of the major reasons why Manchester United cannot let Grimaldo go is the lack of quality replacements in the transfer market. The left-back is a specialist position with consistent quality hard to find. There are not too many left-backs in the world that can walk into a Manchester United squad and Grimaldo might be one that can. At 21, he is a long-term investment that will provide benefits for years to come and though he might take his time to settle in, he can turn out to be a top class player after a few years. The likes of Luke Shaw and Daley Blind have not been able to convince Mourinho in recent games and surely the left-back spot is one the manager might have to work on and bringing in the Spaniard will solve the problem to an extent.
Pulling one over inter-city rivals:
With his quality and potential, Grimaldo has attracted interests from the likes of Juventus, Valencia and Middlesbrough but more importantly from Manchester City, not too far away from Old Trafford. City manager Pep Guardiola had been to Lisbon with his brother Pere to watch Grimaldo who worked under him during his time at Barcelona. It is understood that Guardiola is keen to add the 21-year old to his squad and provide competition for Kolarov and Manchester United will be in a direct fight with the Citizens. As already mentioned, the lack of quality in the market will see the Red Devils win one over their city rivals by snatching him away from their grasp.