Grimaldo never played for Barcelona's senior side, but a sell-on clause means more money is headed to Camp Nou.

By 90Min
January 25, 2018

Barcelona are set to cash in on former defender Alejandro Grimaldo, as Benfica look set to sell him to Napoli in a €30m deal.

Sport English report that the former Barcelona B star has gathered attention from the Serie A leaders after a string of impressive performances for Benfica since his move to Lisbon in 2016 for around €2m. A move to Naples now appears to be in the process of being finalized.

As part of the player's contract, the deal will see Barcelona earn between 10-15% from the sale as part of his deal. This will see Barca earn around €3m from the transfer for a player who never made a single appearance for the Catalan's senior side in five years at the club.

The 22-year-old is expected to move to Naples on a five year deal, a transfer that will make Benfica around €25m before Barca's share of the deal. Due to his young age, Barca also retain the rights for the development years as part of his contract.

The Portuguese defender had previously been a possible target for Tottenham and some other European giants, but it appears Napoli have now won the race for his signature as the Italians seek a first league title since 1990. 

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