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Arsenal officials ‘spotted in Lisbon’ after scouting Alex Grimaldo

Arsenal officials were reportedly spotted in Lisbon after scouting Benfica left-back Alex Grimaldo.

The 23-year-old has been a standout performer for the Eagles this season, scoring six and assisting a further five in 21 appearances.

According to A Bola, Grimaldo has been a long-term target for the Gunners who are unconvinced with their current options.

Sead Kolašinac has been a valuable attacking outlet but struggles defensively, with Nacho Monreal more prone to injury as he approaches his 33rd birthday.

The former Barcelona defender possesses the necessary attributes to be a full-back under Unai Emery while still having room to develop.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Atlético Madrid are also interested in Grimaldo which would drive his price up this summer.