Real Madrid are rumored to be interested in ex-Barcelona youth standout Alejandro Grimaldo ahead of the forthcoming season.
Los Blancos, who spent about €130 million on three players earlier this summer, have been looking for a first-team left-back for some time. They signed Fran Garcia from Rayo Vallecano for €5 million to compete with Ferland Mendy, who is rumored to be leaving.
According to Fichajes.net, Carlo Ancelotti’s club is hoping to sign Grimaldo next summer. His performances for Bayer Leverkusen thus far this season have impressed them.
Real Madrid, who currently lead the 2023-24 La Liga standings with 25 points from 10 games, intends to entice Grimaldo away from the BayArena. They are thought to be banking on Xabi Alonso’s friendship with the Spanish winger to seal the deal.
Grimaldo, who joined Bayer Leverkusen on a free transfer from Benfica earlier this summer, is off to a terrific start. He has five goals and five assists in 995 minutes of involvement for the current Bundesliga leaders, divided across 12 games.
The 28-year-old enjoyed seven excellent years at Benfica before joining Alonso’s team. In 303 appearances across competitions, he helped them win nine trophies by scoring 27 goals and giving 66 assists.
Grimaldo joined Barcelona’s junior system in 2008 and his current contract expires in June 2027. He impressed with Barcelona Atletic after graduating in 2012, with six goals and 12 assists in 92 games.
Barça intended to sign Alejandro Grimaldo during the summer but was unable to do so due to the club’s financial situation and its bet on Balde. Now, the youngster is having a fantastic season with Bayer Leverkusen.
Alejandro Grimaldo was one of FC Barcelona’s summer targets to strengthen his left side. The Canterano completed his contract with Benfica and remained a free agent, despite the fact that the sporting direction did not have the financial muscle or the sporting project to convince him to start for the first team staff.