Manchester United see AS Roma defender Mehdi Benatia as a possible summer replacement for the departing Nemanja Vidic, but this has sparked a panic at the Serie A club.
According to TMW, Roma are worried that possible interest out of Old Trafford could unsettle one of their most impressive performers this season and are ready to ease any such feelings with a pay rise.
The report claims David Moyes has been keeping a close eye on the Morocco international and a move for him in the summer could help fill the hole that will be left by Vidic leaving.
Manchester United's club captain has confirmed he will be departing the Red Devils at the end of the season when his current contract expires, with him expected to join Roma's Serie A rivals Inter Milan.
TMW say the new deal is not a case of extending Benatia's contract, as his current deal lasts until 2018, having only joined from Udinese last summer, but a way of staving off any danger of the 26-year-old agitating for a move in reaction to any possible Manchester United bid.