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Bayern Munich reach agreement with Chelsea + Manchester United target

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Bayern Munich have reached a deal to sign AS Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia, according to reports in Italy.

Football-Italia.net are reporting that the two clubs have agreed an initial €26 million fee for the Moroccan international.

Chelsea and Manchester United were strongly linked with a move for the defender over the summer but it appears that Bayern Munich have won the battle to secure the highly-rated defender.

Bayern Munich will pay a further €4 million in bonuses if targets are met.

It is understood that Benatia has agreed a five-year deal with the German Bundesliga champions, to receive €4 milli0n per season.

Mehdi Benatia is due to fly to Munich tomorrow to undergo his medical and complete the formalities on his transfer.

Roma had been expected to sell the defender following news from Gianluca Di Marzio this morning that they were closing in on Greek centre-back Kostas Manolas from Olympiacos.

If these reports are accurate, Manchester United have now missed out on centre-backs Benatia, Thomas Vermaelen and Stefan de Vrij whom they were heavily linked with this summer.

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