Juventus are open to letting Medhi Benatia leave during the January transfer window with Arsenal and Fulham among the clubs interested in his services. The 31-year-old defender has made just five Serie A performances for Juve this season as he is behind the likes of Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Daniele Rugani in the pecking order.
Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting that the Morocco international will be allowed to leave as early as January although there is also interest in Benatia from outside of the Premier League. Clubs in China, Qatar and the UAE are also thought to be pursuing the defender’s signature this month.
Sky Sports Italia report that an offer of 10 million euros (£8.7m) has been lodged by Qatari club Al-Duhail and Juventus are considering the bid. It appears that it would be an offer in this region that would be enough to bring in the former Bayern Munich and Roma man. Benatia has made it clear that he wants more game time, saying in December: ‘I have to keep holding my head up, because a lion never dies. ‘I want to play more.’
Any move for Benatia could depend on Juventus finding cover for him, even if it is short-term until the summer. Fulham are looking to strengthen the leakiest defence in the Premier League, having conceded 51 goals in just 23 league games this season. Arsenal have also shown significant defensive frailties, letting in 32 goals so far in the Premier League this campaign, one more than who are in 17th position.
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Arsenal are leading AC Milan and Genoa in the race to sign £9m-rated Monaco midfielder Youssef Ait Bennasser, according to reports in Italy via the Express.
Juventus won’t allow Medhi Benatia to leave the club in the January transfer window, despite interest from Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund.
The Moroccan defender has spent much of the season on the bench, despite playing well last season following Leonardo Bonucci defecton to AC Milan the summer before.
As such, Corriere Dello Sport and others report that Benatia has grown frustrated at a lack of playing time and is considering a move away.
The reports go on to suggest that Benatia’s agent Houssine Kharja met with Juve sporting director Fabio Paratici on Tuesday but was told that the Bianconeri have ‘have no intention’ of letting him go in January..
Benatia is more likely to be sold in the summer as he has one year left on his Juve contract and is being followed by the likes of Olympique Marseille, Arsenal, Borussia Dortmund and Schalke.
Arsenal have made an approach to sign Medhi Benatia.
That is according to reports in Italy, who claim the Gunners are keen to land the Juventus defender during the January transfer window.
The 31-year-old has fallen down the pecking order with the Serie A champions.
And with the Morocco international's future uncertain in Turin, Arsenal have enquired about his availability.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport , Unai Emery is open to bolstering his backline this month due to a spate of injuries.
Benatia could potentially be used as part of the deal to take midfielder Aaron Ramsey to Turin.
Juve are keen to land the Wales ace this month although Emery wants to keep Ramsey on board for the rest of the season.
Ramsey would be free to sign a pre-contract agreement with the Italian giants.
Juve could force the Gunners to wait for Benatia with boss Massimiliano Allegri determined to keep hold of the player, who has also attracted interest from German side Schalke.
AC Milan have reportedly started to consider joining the race to sign Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia.
The 31-year-old has spent the last three years representing the Italian champions, but the centre-back has been restricted to just five appearances in Serie A and the Champions League this season.
That has allegedly resulted in interest from Manchester United and Arsenal - who could be in the market for a new defender in January - but according to Sport Mediaset, Milan are also monitoring the situation.
Gennaro Gattuso's side require a replacement for the injured Mattia Caldara, and that could see a loan bid made for Morocco international Benatia.
The report suggests that Milan would have to commit to paying a €15m (£13.1m) fee for a permanent transfer at the end of the season.
Benatia has also played for Udinese and Roma in Italy's top flight, while three years were spent contracted to Bayern Munich.