Jose Mourinho is planning a fresh raid on his Portuguese homeland – for Benfica defender Alex Grimaldo.
The Manchester United boss led a successful mission to the Lisbon club on Wednesday, with the Red Devils winning their Champions League game 1-0.
The Special One is now considering a move for Benfica left-back Grimaldo, who shone for the Primeira Liga champs as a goalkeeping mistake gifted Marcus Rashford United’s winner.
Mourinho is now understood to have ordered United scouts to keep ex-Barcelona starlet Grimaldo, 22, under regular observation.
The defender has won two Spain Under-21 caps, plus 19 more at various youth levels, and is on the brink of the senior national squad.
Left-back has been a problem position at Old Trafford this season, with injuries to Marcos Rojo and Luke Shaw.
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Both Daley Blind and Ashley Young have played out of position to fill the gap.
Grimaldo is a Barcelona academy product, who spent four years in the Catalans’ B team before a bargain £1.4million move to Benfica in January 2016.
He has since helped bring two league titles to the Stadium of Light, as well as a Portuguese Cup, League Cup and two Super Cups.
Under contract until 2021, the Valencia-born ace has a £50m release clause written into the deal.
Barca are entitled to a percentage of any future sale.