Mehdi Benatia race hots up as Barcelona plan £28.5m bid

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Barcelona are desperate to stop Manchester City, Chelsea and Manchester United to the signing of Roma defender Mehdi Benatia and will table a £28.5m offer for the Moroccan international later this week, according to the Daily Star.

Benatia has been a tower of strength for Roma this season in his debut campaign at the Stadio Olimpico, helping the Giallorossi keep 21 clean sheets and ensuring the £12m deal that took him to the Italian capital last summer looks like an absolute steal.

The 27-year-old has been tracked by three of the Premier League's biggest clubs over the last six months, but United, City and Chelsea now need to act quickly if they're serious about signing Benatia, because Barcelona most certainly area.

Barca are desperate to avoid a repeat of their trophy-less campaign and believe Benatia could finally hold the key to some semblance of defensive stability, following the retirement of Catalan legend Carles Puyol.

Roma want Benatia to spearhead their return to the Champions League next season, but Barca are ready to table a £28.5m bid that offers them the chance to make a massive profit on the star in just 12 months.

That enquiry is expected by leading Spanish media sources to be lodged later this week, and with top central defenders in very short supply Barca would be well advised to move swiftly before rivals from England do the same.

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