Sensational reports in the media today suggest Arsenal are in advanced discussion with Bayern Munich for the signature of their high rated centre back Medhi Benatia. With Per Mertesacker not getting younger and needing to be replaced soon, Arsenal surely need another centre back especially as Gabriel Paulista doesn’t seem to be equal to the task.
Fortunately for Arsenal, after Bayern Munich Mats Hummels which means Benatia is surplus to requirement and could be available on the cheap which works perfectly for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger. Reports from France suggest Bayern Munich could be making the African available to whoever is interested for as little as €15 million euros which is less than £12 million pounds.
People I talked to on twitter fear that the player is too injury prone however even despite his injury, he is still one of the best centre backs in Europe at the moment. Another problem people have with his potential signing is the fact that he is already 29 but then, centre backs play to at last 32 which means he still have at least three years of top class football left in him.
Should we manage to sign him, he will be a reliable partner for Koscienly. His wage demands won’t be a problem for as according to his leaked pay slip, he earns £88,000 before tax with Bayern Munich currently.