Manchester United handed major boost in signing €38m Chelsea target

Manchester United handed major boost in signing €38m Chelsea target

Mehdi Benatia

Readers of Soccerlens would very well appreciate how we have covered the transfer situation regarding Roma’s Mehdi Benatia right throughout the summer. The Moroccan has been the subject of interest from Manchester City, Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich in the transfer window and its still not known where will be the defender’s next destination.

Let me sum up the transfer saga regarding Benatia in the following points:

  • The 27 year old claims he wants to leave Roma  to pursue his career in the highest echelons of European football with greener pastures awaiting in Barcelona.
  • The Catalan club are interested in the player but pull out after Roma’s astronomical demands of €35m for the 27 year old. Barcelona later sign Jeremy Mathieu (from Valencia) and Thomas Vermaelen from Arsenal (Manchester United target)
  • In June Bayern have a €33m bid rejected by Roma, the Wolves claim that the player is not for sale. Benatia however fancies a move to London with Chelsea interested
  • Manchester City open to sign the player but wait for Porto’s Eliaquim Mangala, the Citizens sign the Frenchman for £32m
  • Chelsea now in pole position to sign Benatia but Forza Roma add a fresh twist claiming that Manchester United are also interested
  • Jose Mourinho now claims the Stamford Bridge side are not looking to sign Benatia
  • Benatia’s agent Moussa Sissoko now claims that his client wants to stay at the Italian capital and is set to hold talks with the club for a new contract.
  • Bayern Munich set to bid again after Javi Martinez is out with a long term injury.

However, there are contrasting views in the Italian Media about the player. TMW and Football Italia have on side claimed that Benatia had earlier arrived at Trigoria for what is likely to be his last training session for the Giallorossi. Tuttosport then cite German daily Bild that the move is on the verge of collapse as Roma aren’t willing to lower their asking price of €35m.


Moreover Benatia has also demanded wages worth around €8m a year in his five year contract. Thus in total Bayern would have to bear a whooping €75m for the defender. The deal is now on the verge of collapse as the German Champions are now looking for Atletic Bilbao’s Iturraspe, the report which has come out on Bild, but surprisingly been cited again by TMW.

This comes as a major boost for Manchester United who need to plug their defensive frailties after Patrice Evra, Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand all leaving the club at the end of last season. The Red Devils have a sizeable transfer kitty this summer. Will Van Gaal splash the cash? 

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  1. Man Utd problem is Woodward. The money is there for him to spend, but he has refused to spend. He should be banished from Old Trafford if the club does not qualify for champions .:league next season.

    • The problem is a lot deep rooted than Woodward we have fallen behind the other top clubs in the league because we have not addresssed our problems in midfield and now defence ,if woodward does not come up with the goods he should be sacked as he might excel in the commercial side of things but not the football side !

  2. As much as I dislike Woodward I still believe United are once again in a process of rebuilding and to do that you need a good manager and time. That’s why Moyes was sacked, he had time but was not rebuilding in a good way. Too much changing of team positions and bad selection of back room staff and quick buying. Give Van Gaal the time to do what Moyes could not. Getting players of good quality to come to United when not in Champions League is hard enough. He has a good enough record from the past and you can’t expect a winning season straight away. It all boils down to patience and remember that there might not be players at the moment available that you want at United now but there are times ahead to consider when better players show out for the first time. You may get one then that’s worth more than someone now. Be patient and support the club that’s what matters now to give heart to the present day players. Things will come right as United will not fail

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