Bayern set to beat English clubs to Serie A star.Bayern Munich are reportedly winning the race to sign highly-rated AS Roma defender Mehdi Benatia, according to the Daily Express.
The rock-solid Moroccan international was one of the best defenders in Europe last season, helping Rudi Garcia’s side to the best defensive record in Serie A as they finished runners-up to champions Juventus.
A host of top Premier League clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City have all been linked with Benatia in recent months, but it now looks as though he could complete a £30m move to the Allianz Arena as Pep Guardiola looks to strengthen his side for next season.
The Spanish coach is keen to make improvements to his squad as they failed to retain the Champions League in 2013/14, crashing out 5-0 on aggregate to eventual winners Real Madrid in the semi-finals.
Defensive signings could be a priority for this Bayern squad, and Benatia would no doubt be a fine addition, though Chelsea and others will have to deal with the blow of looking elsewhere for new centre-back signings of their own.
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