Sunday August 17 2014
Benatia: Bayern, Man Utd and Chelsea

Roma declare “Mehdi Benatia is our player,” but Manchester United and Chelsea fight while Bayern Munich fly in.

The defender has been at the centre of transfer speculation all summer following a contract dispute, just one season into his Giallorossi career.

Sky Sports in England claimed last night that Benatia was already on a flight to Manchester in order to complete his €30m move to United.

Chelsea are also in the running for the £24m rated Moroccan international, but today German channel Sport 1 and SportBild both insist Bayern Munich director Michael Reschke is flying to Italy for advanced negotiations with Roma.

Bayern had already been linked with Benatia in the past, but are stepping up their attempts now that Javi Martinez has been ruled out for seven months with a knee injury.

Amid all this interest, Roma CEO Italo Zanzi spoke to the Corriere dello Sport.

“Mehdi is our player. According to some media sources he had already been sold, but instead he is training with us in a very professional manner.

“It’s a shame about all these rumours. He is a great person and is behaving in the best possible way.

“The transfer market is dynamic, as until September 1 we will evaluate every opportunity and ensure we are ready.”