Tottenham Eyeing Benfica Defender As Rose Replacements


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Tottenham are casting their net far and wide as they seek Manchester United-bound Danny Rose’s replacement, reports talkSPORT.

As well as eyeing Fulham twins Ryan and Steve Sessegnon, both 17, the north London club are also keeping tabs on Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo, 22.

27-year-old Rose fell from grace with hard-hitting comments about the club’s wage and transfer policies during the summer. Despite apologising, Tottenham manager Mauricio Pochettino is keen to move the left-back on with a £50m move to Old Trafford expected to be completed in January.

Spurs want a replacement in the squad before that happens and Grimaldo is on their radar. The Valencia-born defender is a graduate of La Masia but never broke into the Barcelona ‘A’ team although he made almost 100 appearances for their ‘B’ team.

Benfica snapped him up in a €1.5m deal in 2016, but since moving to Lisbon has yet to establish himself as a first-choice in the team. A move to the Premier League would be quite a step up for a player who has yet to make 50 appearances for the Eagles.

Spurs face competition for his signature from Serie A pacesetters Napoli. Top of the table Partenopei are also watching Grimaldo and are sure to test Spurs wage and transfer policy to the limit in any auction for his services.