Tuesday June 28 2016
Benatia close to Juventus?

Reports suggest Medhi Benatia is close to agreeing a move from Bayern Munich to Juventus.

The former Roma centre-back is likely to leave Bavaria following the arrival of Mats Hummels, and the Bianconeri are known to be interested.

Now La Repubblica is reporting that a deal is very close, and could even be completed before this weekend.

The newspaper states that the two clubs have agreed on a valuation of €20m, but are debating over whether that should be up-front, or a €2m loan with an €18m obligation to buy, based on appearances.

Relations between the two clubs are good after the Kingsley Coman loan deal last summer, which is why Bayern are so willing to negotiate with the Old Lady.

For his part, Benatia is reportedly willing to drop his wage from €2.2m to €2m in order to push the deal through, but he could ask for guarantees about playing time.

It’s likely he would be rotated with Andrea Barzagli, as the Italy defender is 35 now and has suffered injury problems in recent years, as has Benatia.

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