Man Utd manager Jose Mourinho has reportedly given the go-ahead for the club to step up their pursuit of Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo.
The 22-year-old is a Barcelona youth product but has impressed since moving to Portugal and has attracted plenty of attention with not only provide defensively solidity but also for his attacking qualities as he is a modern-day full-back.
According to Record, the Portuguese boss has now ‘given the ok’ for Man Utd to swoop for the youngster, as he looks to solve his problems at left-back with Marcos Rojo still out injured with a long-term problem while Luke Shaw struggles on fitness and form issues.
While the likes of Ashley Young, Matteo Darmian and Daley Blind have filled in admirably, a natural left-back is undoubtedly needed moving forward.
Grimaldo impressed against United in their Champions League match, and so Mourinho would have got a first-hand look at him which seems to have convinced him over a transfer swoop.
This isn’t a new transfer rumour though, as the left-back has been on Mourinho’s radar for almost a year, with FourFourTwo running claimed last November on the Red Devils target, who they claim has a €60m release clause in his current contract which could complicate a move to Old Trafford significantly.