Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola was reportedly at Benfica’s encounter with Braga on Monday night to have a closer look at Alex Grimaldo.
The Spaniard has been busy assembling his own squad since his arrival in England earlier this summer, and it appears as though plans are being put in place for the upcoming transfer windows too.
According to MaisFutebol, the City boss bought the tickets to the game discreetly, took a private jet to watch the clash and returned home the same night, all planned with the purpose of watching Grimaldo.
The 21-year-old left-back was at Barcelona during Guardiola’s tenure in charge of the first team, so he would undoubtedly have been aware of him already.
However, he’s evidently keen to see how he has progressed since they last ‘worked’ together, and now time will tell as to whether or not Grimaldo has done enough to impress his former boss.
It’s claimed in the report that despite the fact that Benfica signed him for as little as £1m, they inserted a £51m release clause in his contract upon joining the club which in turn could make reaching an agreement over a transfer problematic.
Nevertheless, with City keen to strengthen at left-back with neither Gael Clichy nor Aleksandar Kolarov ticking the boxes as a long-term solution for Guardiola, it appears as though he has his sights set on a new target who could be added to the revolution at the Etihad Stadium next year.