Reports from Germany suggest Medhi Benatia is close to agreeing a move from German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich to Serie A champions Juventus.
The former AS Roma centre-back is likely to leave the Bavarians following the arrival of Mats Hummels, and Juventus are thought to be interested.
The Moroccan center back who is one of many Arsenal’s summer transfer target, has been seriously eyed by Juventus since the past three months and the deal seems to get a bit more serious on both sides.
According to Gazzetta, Bayern Munich Chief Executive Officer Karl-Heinz Rumenigge and Juventus chairman Beppe Marotta met few days ago to discuss the transfer of Benatia.
Bayern are believed to be asking for €18M transfer fee in an effort to secure a profit on Benatia’s sale. Reportedly, Serie A Juventus prefer a loan move for the player, with a purchase option route and this is likely to happen, as Benatia has decided to leave and is willing to take a pay cut from €4.2M at Bayern down to €3M, in order to join Juventus.
Bayern are believed to have already spent in excess of €60M this summer in the transfer window and eating another €5-10M on a Benatia transfer would probably just sit poorly.
This will come as sad news for Arsenal faithful, as once again, the club has lost out in one of their summer transfer targets.
Arsene Wengers sluggish and rigid attitude towards transfer is a big worry for the club fans and this has to change. What is hard in identifying a player and signing the player as quick as possible?