Wednesday July 9 2014
Roma set Benatia-Man City deadline

Roma have reportedly told Manchester City the deadline to buy Mehdi Benatia or back off is July 21.

The defender has been training separately from his teammates at the Trigoria ground this week and the Corriere dello Sport claimed he had a tense face-to-face meeting with Coach Rudi Garcia.

The Giallorossi want at least €35m (around £30m) for the 27-year-old Moroccan international.

According to The Guardian, Roma directors are increasingly irritated at the stand-off and have set a deadline for Manchester City.

Either they come in and complete the transfer by July 21 or Benatia acknowledges their interest in him is not serious enough.

Benatia is particularly eager to join Manchester City because his best friend, Samir Nasri, plays there.