Friday May 30 2014
City bid for Benatia rejected

Manchester City have reportedly had a first bid for Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia turned down by the capital club.

The 27-year-old has made clear in recent days that he is unhappy with the Giallorossi over a perceived ‘low offer’ to renew his contract, following an impressive first season with the club on the field.

Links away have subsequently grown and Premier League side Manchester City have been increasingly reported as leading interest in the defender.

Sky Sport Italia report that this interest has now developed into an offer, but that a reputed tabled amount of between €20m and €22m has been turned down by Roma.

Gianluca Di Marzio’s website is leading reports that the capital club have no intent of selling Benatia and that sporting director Walter Sabatini will make this clear in Saturday’s scheduled news conference.

Reports in Britain, however, continue to suggest interest from the Premier League is growing and that Chelsea may be preparing to enter into negotiations too.

Manchester United and Barcelona are other teams to have previously been linked with the Moroccan international.

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