Nottingham Forest-linked defender Alex Grimaldo has decided that he will leave Benfica in the summer. The Reds have been mentioned over an ambitious move to sign the player should they remain in the Premier League.

Portuguese journalist Pedro Sepulveda believes that the player has now decided to leave Benfica in the summer. Arsenal and Newcastle have both been linked in the past and it remains to be seen if they will be returning for his signature.

Forest linked Grimaldo
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Grimaldo is a wonderfully talented player. He has been with Benfica since leaving the Barcelona academy in 2016. Grimaldo has made 291 appearances for the Portuguese outfit and recently helped them reach the last eight of the Champions League.

Now, his time in Portugal could be drawing to a close. He’s set to walk away on a free transfer and it appears that Forest and Fulham have already made attempts to bring him to the Premier League.

Grimaldo was called into the Spain squad last month. At 27-years-old, he will hope that a move to a top European league can help him become a regular on the international stage.

Forest are facing a real fight to remain a Premier League club. They dropped into the bottom three after a 2-0 defeat to Aston Villa at the weekend.

Grimaldo was in action last night as Benfica lost 2-0 to Inter in the Champions League. They now have it all to do to reach the semi-finals of the competition.

Forest-linked Grimaldo has decided to leave Benfica

This is going to be a long shot for the Reds regardless of what division they’re in. Grimaldo will be one of the most sought-after players in world football given that he’ll be available for free.

Forest linked Grimaldo
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The Reds will show ambition once again in the transfer market. They have a chairman who has always backed the club with huge finances and he will likely roll the dice once again.

Grimaldo might be one they have to scrub off their list, however. He’s one of Europe’s best left-backs and he will have the world’s biggest football clubs in the mix to sign him.

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