Roma star Mehdi Benatia has hinted that he is looking to join a top European side this summer, with Manchester City and Manchester United both retaining a strong interest in him.
The Serie A centre-back has become a lynchpin of Rudi Garcia’s side in Italy, and is considered a key player at the Stadio Olimpico. However his impressive performances and unerring consistency have attracted the attentions of both Louis van Gaal and Manuel Pellegrini ahead of the summer transfer window, as they are both looking to replenish their respective back lines.
And though certain reports in Italy claim that Roma are desperate to keep their outstanding players as they prepare to challenge Juventus’ reign once again next season, Benatia himself has spoken over the prospect of moving to a big club, and far from rejected the notion.
According to the Express, the Moroccan said: “I have spoken with the directors about an extension, which I am uncertain will go through, as we are not entirely in agreement.
"I feel good here with the Coach and with the players.
"But, I am 27-years-old and I have reached an age where big offers from great clubs causes you to think, clubs like Barca, City, Bayern.”
Though not mentioning United specifically, Benatia is a definite target of the former English champions as Van Gaal attempts to fill the void left by the departing duo of Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic. Whilst Roma may continue to play hard-ball over the subject of the sale of Kevin Strootman, they may well be tempted to allow Benatia to leave if either City or United offer an impressive fee.
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