Mehdi Benatia 'wants move to Chelsea'

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Roma defender Mehdi Benatia is reportedly keen on a move to Chelsea in this summer's transfer window, according to Italian newspaper Gazetto Dello Sport.

The 27-year old would also relish the chance to work under Jose Mourinho, despite having snubbed a switch to Stamford Bridge earlier in his career.

High price-tag

Benatia is currently valued at £30m by his club AS Roma but it is not known whether this will hamper any potential transfer dealings between the two clubs.

The defender looked set to join Manchester City earlier in the summer, but the Premier League champions began to pursue other options and look to have secured the signing of Porto star Elaquim Mangala.

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Benatia has impressed with a string of excellent performances for Roma, which has prompted several clubs to turn their eye towards the player.

His playing background mainly involved French sides until he joined Udinese in 2011 where he then moved on to Roma.

It was whilst playing for Marseille that Chelsea first came calling although Benatia turned down a move due to homesickness.

Mourinho has not excplicity confirmed his interest in the player but he will be keen on improving his side's defence after Ashley Cole joined Roma last week.

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