COYG: Arsenal beat Chelsea to sign Medhi Benatia

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Manchester United could rival Arsenal in their pursuit of Juventus defender Medhi Benatia, according to reports.

The Gunners were linked with a move for the Moroccan centre-back in the summer and it has also been reported this week that the club have made contact over a deal for the player.

Arsenal’s attacking reinforcements have been lauded throughout the opening stages of the season but their defensive displays have been scrutinised, with the club failing to consistently accumulate clean sheets.

This has led to links with various central defenders, with Benatia the latest to be touted as an option.

However, according to fresh claims from Tuttosport, as cited by Calciomercato, Arsenal could face competition in their aim to recruit Benatia, with Ligue 1 side Marseille and Premier League rivals Manchester United also keen.

Benatia was a man in demand throughout last summer but opted to remain at Juventus. It seems he will not be short of potential suitors should he choose to reassess his options in January, either.

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