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Liverpool and Arsenal eyeing Bundesliga defender

Published: Updated: 10:40, 13 Apr 2024
Alex Grimaldo has been the creative force from left-back for Leverkusen

English football giants, Arsenal and Liverpool, have reportedly shown interest in Bayer Leverkusen's Spanish defender, Alex Grimaldo. The 28-year-old has had an impressive season with the Bundesliga club, contributing to 26 goals.

According to reports, both English clubs are keen on signing the Spaniard at the end of this season. However, it remains uncertain whether Leverkusen is willing to part ways with their star player.

Grimaldo joined Bayer Leverkusen on a free transfer at the start of this season and has since been exceptional for them. With 11 goals and 15 assists across all competitions under his belt, he has successfully reinvented himself in the Bundesliga.

Arsenal looking Grimaldo as alternative for Zinchenko

Arsenal currently relies heavily on Oleksandr Zinchenko as their only dependable left-back option. With Nuno Tavares and Kieran Tierney expected to be sold in summer, it's no surprise that Arsenal is scouting potential left-back replacements.

Grimaldo could prove to be an excellent addition for The Gunners. He would not only compete with Zinchenko for a starting spot but also bolster Arsenal's forward game.

Liverpool reportedly seeing Grimaldo as first-choice for next season

Liverpool too needs a quality alternative to Andrew Robertson who despite being exceptional since joining from Hull City seems regressed over the past year both defensively and offensively.

While they do have Kostas Tsimikas available as an option; however, his performance isn't deemed sufficient enough for a club aiming high at league titles or Champions League glory. In such circumstances, Grimaldo could provide an upgrade over Tsimikas while also giving stiff competition to Robertson for securing that starting spot in Liverpool squad.

Despite strong interests from both clubs though signing Grimaldo won't be easy. He has a long-term contract with Bayer Leverkusen until 2027, and the German club is unlikely to let him go cheaply. They could demand a premium for their star player.

The situation remains fluid, and it will be interesting to see how it develops over the coming months. Regardless of where he ends up, Grimaldo's performance this season suggests that he would be a valuable addition to any team.

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