Bayer Leverkusen signs Benfica defender Alejandro Grimaldo on free transfer

AP , Monday 15 May 2023

Europa League semifinalist Bayer Leverkusen will sign Benfica left-back Alejandro Grimaldo on a free transfer when his contract expires at the end of the season, the German club said Monday.

Portimonense s Brazilian midfielder Mauricio (L) vies with Benfica s Spanish midfielder Alex Grimaldo during the Portuguese League football match between Portimonense SC and SL Benfica at the Portimonense Municipal stadium in Portimao on May 13, 2023. AFP


The 27-year-old Spaniard was a key presence in Benfica's run to the quarterfinals of the Champions League before a 5-3 aggregate loss to Inter Milan last month.

Leverkusen's managing director for sport Simon Rolfes said the club's “ambitious concept for the coming years” had played a role in convincing Grimaldo to sign.

Leverkusen faces Roma in the second leg of their Europa League semifinal on Thursday. Roma has a 1-0 lead from the first leg.

Leverkusen is seventh in the Bundesliga after rising up the table in the second half of the season under coach Xabi Alonso, who was hired in October with the team second from last.

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