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Friday July 1 2016
Juventus close on Benatia

Juventus are closing-in on the signing of Bayern Munich defender Mehdi Benatia, according to reports.

The Bianconeri have been consistently linked with the Moroccan defender this summer, with reports this week that the player had agreed to take a slight wage cut.

That just left the two clubs to negotiate the formula of the transfer, and Gianluca Di Marzio’s website now reports that a deal is very close.

If the move goes through, it’s expected to be a loan with an obligation to buy, with the total value of the transfer set at €18m.

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Saturday June 25 2016
Agent: 'No Benatia talks'

Medhi Benatia’s agent insists “there has been no contact with Roma, but they are a possibility along with Juventus and Inter.”

The Bayern Munich defender is considering a return to Serie A, but a loan will not be suitable.

“Everything the media wrote is completely false,” Moussa Sissoko told LaRoma24.it.

“If Medhi was to leave Bayern, it would be for a definitive move and not on loan.”

Is it true that Roma are in negotiations with Bayern Munich?

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Friday June 24 2016
Benatia, more Roma than Juve?

Medhi Benatia would prefer a return to Roma than a move to Juventus, but Bayern Munich won’t release him on loan.

Sky Sport Italia claim the Morocco international is eager for a Serie A comeback just two years after his €28m transfer.

While Juve are seeking reinforcements in defence, Roma are stepping up considerably following Luciano Spalletti’s warning the back line needed to be completely reconstructed.

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Saturday June 4 2016
Juve want Benatia with option

Juventus will reportedly only go for Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia if it’s a loan with option to buy.

The former Roma defender is valued at around €20m by the German club, but he’s eager to move on in order to get more playing time.

According to Tuttosport newspaper, the Bianconeri are not willing to buy Benatia outright because of concerns around his fitness levels.

The 29-year-old had a series of injury problems this season and made only 14 Bundesliga appearances.

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Tuesday May 31 2016
Inter to join Benatia race?

Inter may join the race for Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia, who is also targeted by Roma and Juventus.

Benatia is reportedly seeking a return to Serie A, and La Gazzetta dello Sport claims he is willing to accept a pay-cut in order to realise his wish, a situation Inter have been alerted to.

The Nerazzurri will be selling some of their players before buying anyone, and should Jeison Murillo end up leaving the club, it’s plausible that they would then move for the Moroccan.

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Monday May 23 2016
Chinese bring Emery to Milan?

It’s reported Unai Emery would be Milan’s number one target if a Chinese takeover is completed.

A group from the Far East is in negotiations to buy around 70 per cent of the club, but current President Silvio Berlusconi is reluctant to sell.

That hasn’t stopped speculation about what could happen in the event of a takeover, with the situation on the bench one of the first things to be evaluated.

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Friday May 20 2016
Benatia: ‘Bayern have to tell me…’

Juventus and Roma target Medhi Benatia urged Bayern Munich to “let me know what they want”.

The Bavarian club have already signed Borussia Dortmund defender Mats Hummels for next season, casting doubt over Benatia’s future.

The Algerian international had a successful spell in Italy with Udinese and Roma, and the Giallorossi are competing with the Bianconeri to bring him back to Serie A.

“The club need to let me know what they want,” Benatia told Kicker.

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Sunday May 15 2016
Benatia: ‘Thank you Di Natale’

Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia pays tribute to Antonio Di Natale - “one of the most talented players I’ve ever known”.

The striker is playing his last game for Udinese today, and his former teammate marked the occasion with an Instagram tribute.

“Today, it is the last game of Totò Di Natale in Udine,” Benatia wrote.

“It was an honour to play with you and have you as captain for three years. You are and you will remain among the most classy and most talented players I've ever known.

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Thursday May 12 2016
Agent: ‘Benatia staying at Bayern’

Medhi Benatia’s agent quashes talk his client will join Juventus or Roma - “he’ll stay at Bayern Munich”.

The centre back has spent two seasons in Bavaria after moving from the Giallorossi, and the arrival of Mats Hummels has brought speculation that he could return to Serie A.

It was reported this week that the Lupi had made contact with the player, with the Bianconeri in pole position for his signature.

However, in an interview with LaRoma24, the player’s representative has insisted Benatia will remain in Germany.

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Wednesday May 11 2016
Juve ask Benatia loan?

Juventus will ask Bayern Munich for Medhi Benatia on loan amid doubts over his fitness, say reports.

The former Roma centre-back has had an injury-plagued season in Germany, picking up three separate muscular problems during the campaign.

Tuttosport writes today that the Bianconeri aren’t convinced that the Morocco international has fully recovered his physical condition and therefore want a temporary deal.

The Turin club have proposed an initial loan with either the right or obligation to buy in 2017, according to the newspaper.

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