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Barcelona will fight Man United for Pjanic and Benatia

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Barcelona have become the latest side to show an interest in Roma's star duo Miralem Pjanic and Mehdi Benatia, with El Mundo Deportivo reporting that the La Liga giants will rival Manchester United for the signature of both players this summer.

Pjanic and Benatia are both on United's radar thanks to an exceptional campaign in Serie A, helping Rudi Garcia start life at Roma with 10 successive victories and remain on course for Champions League qualification ever since.

Roma reportedly value Pjanic at a whopping €55m, which has so far been enough to ward the Bosnian playmaker off a proposed move to Paris Saint-Germain.

United and Barca are both in the market for both a creative midfielder and new central defensive leader in the close season, areas in which Pjanic and Benatia fit the bill.

With Nemanja Vidic and Carles Puyol both moving on this summer there is room for a new centre-back at both European giants, but Mundo Deportivo believe that Roma would not consider allowing Benatia to leave for anything less than €18m.

Benatia has a strong defensive record this season to back up that valuation, after keeping an impressive 18 clean sheets in 26 Serie A matches.

That leaves Barca and United facing a whopping €73m shopping bill to strip the Giallorossi of top players during the close season, but with quality players at a premium Red Devils boss David Moyes in particular may decide to take the plunge.

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Premier League

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