Mehdi Benatia set to hold talks with Roma, desperately wants to leave club
The transfer situation regarding Chelsea target Mehdi Benatia is getting interesting with each passing day. After we reported yesterday that Roma have set Manchester City a deadline till the 21st of July to sign the defender, it now appears that the player is headed for crunch talks with the club on Monday.
The 27 year old is currently training alone and Gazzetta Dello Sport have reported today that they are in no hurry to sell the Moroccan. The Giallorossi are waiting for the right offer and it now appears that if by July 31, Manchester City do not offer €40m, the player might be kept against his wishes at the club.
Benatia is desperate to leave the Italian capital and it is reported by Repubblica that the Citizens are currently waiting for Porto to decrease their asking price for French defender Eliaquim Mangala.
If however the Portuguese club doesn’t reduce their asking price, the Citizens will definitely go ahead with the signing of Benatia. It is also believed that Matija Nastasic will not be a part of the deal as Roma want a full cash deal for their prized asset.