Friday January 25 2019
Benatia rejected Man Utd for Qatar

Manchester United had reportedly tried to sign Medhi Benatia from Juventus last night, but he preferred to join Al-Duhail in Qatar.

The 31-year-old Morocco international asked to leave Juve so he could get more regular playing time.

There were links to numerous clubs in Italy, Europe and beyond, including Olympique Marseille and Milan.

Multiple sources suggest he is heading to Qatar with Al-Duhail, signing a three-year contract worth €5m plus bonuses.

Juventus are due to pocket €10m from the transfer fee.

However, Sportitalia claim Manchester United made a formal offer on Thursday night and were prepared to match the €10m fee.

Benatia demanded €4.5m per year wages, the proposal from Old Trafford was ‘only’ €3.7m, so he chose the Qatar Stars League instead.

Juventus have already replaced Benatia with Martin Caceres, paying Lazio €600,000, and his medical will be on Saturday morning.