United face three-way fight for £14m Moroccan

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Manchester United look to have lost out on the chance to sign Mehdi Benatia as PSG close in on the Udinese defender reports talkSPORT.

The 24-year-old Moroccan international has attracted interest from a host of clubs across Europe, with his agent Claudio Vagheggi confirming there had been contact from England, Spain and Italy.

Red Devils boss Sir Alex Ferguson has been credited with an interest in Benatia after he made an impressive start to the Serie A season - form which has additionally alerted Napoli to his potential.

Vagheggi, who also represents Benatia's teammate Kwadwo Asamoah, told Radio CRC: "Benatia and Asamoah are important players so it is normal that several clubs, including Napoli, have looked at them.

"On Benatia, there is also interest from some English and Spanish clubs. Udinese, however, are currently reluctant to discuss transfers.

"At this time there is no negotiation with Napoli for him, but it is possible that [Udinese owner, Giampaolo] Pozzo and [Napoli president, Aurelio] De Laurentiis are talking about him."

While Udinese are keen to keep hold of Benatia, they now look to face a fight with Napoli, PSG and Manchester United - who are rivalling each other for his signature in January.

The Qatari-owned Ligue 1 outfit are thought to be preparing a £14million bid, which could put pay to a potential move to Italy or Old Trafford.

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