Mehdi Benatia agent hands boost to Manchester United

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Roma defender Mehdi Benatia looks set to leave the Stadio Olympico after rejecting Roma's offer of an extension.

The Moroccan defender has been linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe during the window, but is believed to prefer a move to German champions Bayern Munich.

Benatia played a key role in the heart of the Roma defence, which led to the side finishing as runners up in Serie A.

According to reports in Italy, after rejecting Roma's offer, his agent is busy attempting to thrash out a deal with Bayern, who are reluctant to spend near the £40million requested by his club.

They have reportedly tabled a bid near the £28million mark, and if Benatia's agent can't get the Germans to increase that offer, may look elsewhere.

In the wings 

In the past few days there have been conflicting reports about the future of the defender.

It was revealed that he had allegedly agreed personal terms with Bayern, but reports from Italy suggest their offer does not meet Roma's valuation.

Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United have all been linked with a move for the defender this summer.

It is reported that his agent will fly out to London today to speak with English clubs, believed to be Chelsea and Arsenal, over a potential move if Bayern don't up their bid.

He is odds-on to sign with the German champions, but several times we have seen moves just not go through.

Time running out

With just 11 days for Roma to get a replacement should he leave, his agent may have to look to clubs in England to find a suitor for his client in time.

The recent signing of Marcos Rojo at Man United would throw any move for the defender from The Reds into doubt, but it remains a possibility.

Chelsea have never been far from rumours regarding the defender, but at this stage remain outsiders for his signature.

Micah Richards, Nemanja Nastasic and Vlad Chiriches have all been touted as possible replacements for the seemingly outbound defender

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His situation seems to change daily as to where he will end up and despite what seems to be premature reports he had agreed personal terms with Bayern, his odds of joining them have actually gone out.

He remains a very short price for a move to the Allianz though, and it seems doubtful that they would allow a player of his ability to pass.

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