Blackburn Rovers, Sheffield Wednesday and Watford all had scouts in Portugal last night to take in Benfica vs Aves.

With Portugal proving to be something of a hotbed of talent in recent years, the number of scouts travelling from England has multiplied exponentially.

Barely a week goes by without a whole host of clubs taking in the big club’s game, with Benfica and Porto very popular among for scouting trips.

This week was no different, with A Bola reporting that no fewer than seven teams from around Europe had scouts in attendance to watch Benfica’s 2-1 victory.

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Chief among these were Inter Milan, who the newspaper believes were there to watch left-back Alex Grimaldo, as they are looking to add in that position this month.

The Italians were joined by Blackburn, Sheffield Wednesday and Watford at the game, as well as Manchester United, Warsaw Regia and Villarreal.

A Bola don’t speculate who they may have been there to watch, just that the clubs had people there watching someone.

While we don’t know who Blackburn, Sheffield Wednesday and Watford were there to watch, they will likely have been impressed by the performances of midfielder Gabriel Appelt Pires and Pizzi, who both impressed in midfield.