Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been further encouraged to make moves for want away Roma star Mehdi Benatia, as reports in Italy claim the defender is now angry at his club for what he perceives to be their attempts at forcing him to stay in Italy.
Interest in Benatia
The Moroccan defender has long been on the short-list at the aforementioned three clubs and rumours indicate that he is actively seeking a move to the Premier League. However Roma are holding out for a fee of at least €35million to be offered before they even begin to think about negotiating - a stance that Benatia is less than happy with.
It has been said in recent weeks that the 27-year-old centre-back wants to become a Chelsea player in the future, though it would now seem he is willing to take any of the three English suitors up on their offer to move from Roma. His current manager, Rudi Garcia, is hell-bent on keeping his squad together following a campaign wherein they finished runners up in the Serie A, and Benatia ranks amongst his most talented assets.
Despite that the defender is keen to further his career, and a switch to the Premier League could well be what's needed if he is to take his game to the next level.
It's believed Jose Mourinho is looking to provide competition to Gary Cahill and John Terry, Manuel Pellegrini is still attempting to find a partner for Vincent Kompany, and Van Gaal wishes to find replacements for Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic.
It would also appear that City and United are going to fight it out for the services of Dutch starlet Memphis Depay in the coming weeks, as the 20-year-old, dubbed ‘the next Ronaldo’ continues to garner attention. Rated at £17million Depay is a relatively economical option for the centre of midfield, and yesterday confirmed that both Manchester clubs were contemplating moves.
The PSV playmaker could yet opt to remain in Holland, but the allure of top flight English football might put paid to his club’s hopes of retaining him. As to where he will end up, it's anyone's guess, as City and United both appeal in different ways.
City could feasibly be prepared to hand him a lucrative contract, and have the upper hand by way of guaranteed participation in the Champions League next season, whilst Van Gaal's relationship with the player - he's currently his national team coach - could prove influential in the long-run.