Manchester United Agree £24 Million Deal To Sign Mehdi Benatia From AS Roma, Say Reports

Manchester United has had a £24 million bid accepted for AS Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia, according to several reports.

The Morocco international had been rumored to be closing in on a move to Chelsea in recent days, but United entered the race to sign the defender in the past 48 hours and appear to have beaten their Premier League rivals to the highly-rated player.

CNN pundit Tancredi Palmeri broke the news of Manchester United’s involvement with the player earlier today. Benatia did not make the bench for Roma’s 4-1 friendly win over Austrian side Wiener Sportklub yesterday.

Reports continued to surface as Jim White from Sky Sports broke news of a deal between the two clubs (via his Twitter account).

Now reports surfacing from Italy have stated that the defender is on his way to England to finalize the transfer.

Chelsea needed to sell at least one foreign player before they could have signed Benatia, because they would have exceeded their allowed quota under Premier League rules. Speculation is Jose Mourinho had been trying to sell Andre Schurrle to Atletico Madrid to free up that space. But it appears that deal has taken too long or the Portuguese manager has just decided to pull out of any negotiations.

Manchester City also came close to completing a deal for Benatia earlier this summer, but those negotiations broke down.

The 27-year-old defender has been linked with various European clubs following a string of stellar seasons in Serie A.

Benatia was born in France to a Moroccan father and Algerian mother. He was selected for the France U18 squad in 2005, but eventually chose Morocco in 2006. He has been a Moroccan international since 2008, making 31 appearances for his country. The centre-back has consistently been one of the standout performers of the African Cup of Nations over the past few years.

Benatia joined Roma last season from Udinese in an £11 million deal, which also saw two player go the opposite way. He started his professional career with the Ligue 1 side, Marseille.

The highly-rated centre-back anchored what was considered the best defense in Serie A while making 33 appearances for the Giallorossi and helping the Italian side qualify for this season’s Champions League; Roma also won its first ten consecutive games in 2013-14 (a Serie A record).

13 thoughts on “Manchester United Agree £24 Million Deal To Sign Mehdi Benatia From AS Roma, Say Reports”

    1. What an inept attempt at trolling. Master the language before you write things that don’t even make people get offended but rather pity you for seeming stupid.
      I suggest you start with your ABCs and get your mum to teach you vowel sounds and I can write a few nursery rhymes if you’d like.

  1. This would be a good signing if it happened.
    Add another CB, 2 midfielders, and a winger then we’re fine.
    Get rid of Nani, Fellaini, Young (Having a good pre season doesn’t make him a better player), and Hernandez. Valencia is useless and him getting a new contract doesn’t make much sense. He has zero footballing ability.

  2. @Al waleed, if u knw modern club futbal, u cld hav knw hw difficult job is of a manager, especialy in transfer market. As utd hav’nt qlfyd 4 this cl, it wl become an impossible task to attract world class plyrs

    1. @Nod – everyone is speaking dutch here. Seriously – if the Red Devils want a shot at the top four, playing 3 at the back – Benatia couldn’t come fast enough.

  3. I am disapointed, before d window opens man u have been going for one player or the other without securing as many that are needed. Van Gal, did is just to tell u that no matter how efficient u may be in players management the players u have can not give u trophy, go to d market and get us more players please. Dis start will just tell u dat the epl league will so much be competitve, i greet u all my fellow fans.

  4. what a mess now swansea ……!!! no no no fans everywere in the world are out f this patience …adidas came in ,chevrolet in ;nissin also …..the money is there .woodward went missin .i remember giving the fans great hopes f doing wat it takes to bring the best playres in the globe……u ve neva ever made the fans smile in any transfer window ..remember sneidgers story upto date makes me annoyed u couldnt get that man n could have solved this….now the window is open man utd is the third richest club u mean we cant get this 5players .. vidal /khedira…..di maria /reus..hummels ./verane and bring in victor valdes or cech.woodward please do something .one man cant kill this lovely club ..

    1. I saw that this morning. Sky Bet also has Bayern as favorites to sign Benatia now (4/5).

      It’s possible Bayern have jumped in and gazumped United’s bid.

      AS Roma’s director of football, Walter Sabatini, held a meeting with some of United’s ‘intermediaries’ on Saturday to talk about Benatia. Perhaps that’s where the rumors of a deal sprang up from.

      I’ll stick with Jim White’s tweet for now. He doesn’t have a track record of tweeting random transfer rumors. He’s usually spot on.

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