Manchester United transfer target: Mehdi Benatia

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Reported interest in his signature from Manchester United prompted Udinese defender Mehdi Benatia to claim it would be a 'dream' to move to Old Trafford.

Benatia's composed displays at the heart of the Udinese defence have seen him frequently linked with a move away from Italy, but would he be a hit in the Premier League?

GMF takes a closer look at the Morocco international and assesses whether or not he has what it takes to be a success in Manchester…


A product of the Marseille academy, Benatia can boast expert tutoring having spent three years on the books of the French giants.

Although he failed to ultimately make the grade at the Stade Velodrome, the 24-year-old has forged a career for himself away from France, and is fast establishing himself as one of Serie A's finest defenders.

Composed on the ball and particularly strong in the tackle, Benatia also reads the game very well, and is noted for his ability for making interceptions.

His experience at international level and also playing in the Europa League have helped him become a more rounded player, while a £10 million valuation would not appear to be exorbitant.

Impressed against Arsenal in Champions League qualifier at the beginning of the season while.


Although he has not been sent of this season, Benatia does not possess the finest of disciplinary records, having been booked seven times in his last 12 games.

This includes a run of four consecutive yellow cards over the course of December and January, while he frequently concedes free-kicks.

Despite having a decent frame for a central defender, Benatia is not the strongest in the air and sometimes struggles to impose himself during aerial duels.

In terms of footballing ability, he is prefers to play short passes rather than ambitious balls and, although this is not always a problem, he could be well served to increase his range of passing.


Although Sir Alex Ferguson has experienced problems at centre-back this season with injuries to Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand, the acquisition of reinforcements may not be high on his agenda.

With Phil Jones and Chris Smalling in reserve and Jonny Evans proving he can be a force to be reckoned with, spending £10 million on another centre-back does not make sense at this stage for the United boss.

But should Ferguson decide to enter the market then Benatia, although impressive, does not appear to be ready for the Premier League champions just yet.

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