Mehdi Benatia is travelling to England ahead of a potential transfer to Manchester United, reports Sky Sports.

Talks between AS Roma and Manchester United are continuing with the Premier League club reportedly stepping up their interest with a £24 million bid. Benatia will now travel to England as a deal moves closer to completion.

Defensive options

Louis van Gaal increased the urgency to make a quality defensive signing after seeing his side suffer a shock defeat to Swansea in their opening Premier League game.

The Dutchman was forced to hand Tyler Blackett his Premier League debut in defence due to the absence of Jonny Evans. With just three recognised centre-backs in the squad, Van Gaal is struggling to implement his chosen 3-5-2 formation.

Chelsea remain a threat

Benatia is widely considered one of the best centre-backs in Serie A and has attracted interest from Manchester United's rivals Chelsea and Manchester City this summer. The former instead opted to sign Eliaquim Mangala but interest remain high at Stamford Bridge.

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Man United make £24m bid to sign Benatia
- Walter Sabatini in London for transfer talks

Reports yesterday suggested that AS Roma executive Walter Sabatini was also in London to hold talks with interested parties of which Chelsea was one. However, after Manchester United's latest bid, they appear to be favourites.

No agreement has been struck, however. AS Roma are looking for £30 million for the Moroccan international and could still reject Manchester United's proposal. 

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