Jose Mourinho is preparing a summer swoop for Benfica full-back Alex Grimaldo, according to reports, and that could mean bad news for current ace Ben Davies.
Football London claims that the Spanish star could be in Mourinho’s sights for the summer as he looks to strengthen his defence.
It is thought that Grimaldo has a release clause in his contract worth a staggering £55 million and if he does sign he will almost certainly be first choice.
That wouldn’t bode well for Davies, however, who has already seen Danny Rose brushed aside by Mourinho.
The England defender joined Newcastle United on loan and could make that move permanent during the summer.
Grimaldo is a capable performer and has clocked up 39 appearances in all competitions during 2019/20.
He has been with Benfica since 2016 having joined from Barcelona for a small fee.
The player has a wand of a left foot and would represent a stunning capture by Tottenham boss Mourinho.
Davies has endured rotten luck with injuries, playing just 13 games in all competitions this season.
The 26-year-old has played in three of the club’s last four Premier League contests but his fitness is a worry.
In the last three seasons, he has spent time out with ankle, groin and shoulder problems.
Mourinho has seen his squad decimated with injury since arriving at Tottenham and he’ll want to avoid a repeat next season.
Grimaldo has played 156 games in three years at Benfica, highlighting that he has bags of natural fitness.
Mourinho has utilised Japhet Tanganga at left-back this season and given his potential he might be deemed backup for Grimaldo.
That would leave Davies well down the pecking order and it’d probably wise for him to seek a move.
Davies earns £60,000-a-week at Tottenham but he quite simply needs to go somewhere and play.
Falling behind Grimaldo won’t be ideal and for the good of his career, he’d be wise to start afresh elsewhere.