Saturday July 12 2014
Bayern want Man City target Benatia

Manchester City have apparently given up on Mehdi Benatia, but the Roma defender is now close to Bayern Munich.

The Moroccan international has been training separately from his teammates in pre-season, as he was determined to push through a transfer to Manchester City.

According to today’s reports, the Citizens have veered off in another direction and look set to spend £30m  (€38m) on Eliaquim Mangala from Porto instead.

However, Roma are still not out of the woods, as now claims Bayern Munich have dived in for Benatia.

Director Walter Sabatini set a deadline of July 21 for Benatia to find another club or commit to remaining with the Giallorossi.

His price-tag is believed to be around €35m (£30m).