Chelsea need to consider a long-term solution at left-back, as both Marcos Alonso and Emerson Palmieri have fallen short of the level required at Stamford Bridge during parts of the season.

Blues manager Maurizio Sarri could do with a quality full-back added to his squad in the summer and he should be drawing up potential targets for next season.

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The West London club should turn their attention to Benfica defender Alejandro Grimaldo, who would be an ideal fit for Sarri.

According to Mundo Deportivo, there is a hunt ongoing for the 23-year-old ahead of the summer transfer window.

The report details that Arsenal and Atletico Madrid are considered frontrunners for the Benfica left-back, while Manchester City, Napoli and Inter Milan are mentioned as potential suitors.

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Chelsea should throw their name into the hat for the left-sided flyer, as he’s been performing well in the Portuguese league and has immense potential.

The Spaniard is a left-back by trade and is most renowned for his overlapping attacking runs from full-back.

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He’s scored five goals and supplied five assists in 34 appearances across all competitions this season from defence, which is why he appears to be such an in-demand talent.

Grimaldo is the epitome of a modern day full-back and Chelsea should consider splashing out on him.

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