Serie A giants Juventus have joined the race to sign soon-to-be free agent Alex Grimaldo, according to Calciomercato.
The Benfica defender’s contract expires at the end of the season, and several clubs are lining up to sign him on a free transfer.
Juve are in the market for Alex Sandro’s replacement, with the Brazilian’s contract also set to expire at the end of the season.
A move for Grimaldo is a financial no-brainer for the Old Lady, who are still being investigated for financial misconduct.
However, the Bianconeri will face competition for the player’s signature, with several Premier League clubs and Italian rivals Inter Milan also interested.
Leeds United, Wolverhampton Wanderers and Newcastle United are also monitoring Grimaldo’s situation as they plot a move.
However, it is understood that Newcastle poses the biggest threat to the Bianconeri, with the Magpies in contention for a Champions League spot.
Having been docked 15 points following a thorough investigation into the club’s former transfer dealings, Juve’s chances of making next season’s Champions League are slim, with the club now seventh, 12 points off the top four.
Grimaldo has been a regular for Benfica this season despite his contract situation. The Spaniard has made 38 appearances, chipping in five goals and eight assists.
Benfica could also open talks to extend the player’s contract, but there are no talks of an extended deal yet, prompting interest from other clubs.
While Juve will not need to pay a transfer fee to sign Grimaldo, the player’s wage demands could prove a problem for the Old Lady, who are planning a summer clearout to raise funds.
Grimaldo will reportedly demand a €6 million a year salary package and a €10m signing bonus to any interested parties.
The former Valencia man was a target for Manchester City last summer after the Cityzens missed out on Marc Cucurella, but a move did not materialise.
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