Saturday May 31 2014
Sabatini: €61m would buy Benatia

Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini has confirmed that Mehdi Benatia will only be sold if someone offers €61m.

The Morocco international has been heavily linked with a switch away from Stadio Olimpico in the summer, with Barcelona and Manchester City thought to be interested.

Reports have suggested that the defender was angling for a transfer after contract negotiations with the Giallorossi broke down.

The Blaugrana and the Premier League champions are, according to several stories, ready to offer €30m for the former Udinese man.

However, the board member has insisted that if the centre-back is to leave, it will have to be for double that.

“Benatia is a guy with sound principles - he didn't want to take a step away from Roma fans or his team-mates,” Sabatini told a Press conference.

“He has been completely coherent, he's never played for himself, always with and for the team.

“Personally I think €30m is the value of Benatia's weak foot. If Benatia's weak foot is worth €30m then the total price would be €61m.

“Benatia is not for sale, unless someone comes to us with an offer of €61m.”

The 27-year-old could be leaving, but the sporting director has insisted that the capital outfit will bring in new players as well.

“We'll add to our squad with the European campaign in mind. We need two for each position, and three in some cases.

“I can say this now - Roma will challenge for the title next season. This team deserves it.”

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