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 By Ben Gladwell
Aug 26, 2014

Benatia close to Bayern move - reports

Roma defender Medhi Benatia is set for a move to Bayern Munich as Bayern look to replace injured Javi Martinez.

Roma defender Mehdi Benatia is on the verge of completing his move to Bayern Munich, according to Sky Sport Italia.

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With Kostas Manolas reportedly already in the Italian capital and set to sign for the Giallorossi after passing a medical, the sale of 27-year-old Benatia to the Bundesliga champions is set to go ahead.

Representatives of the German and Italian clubs are reported to have struck a deal for the Morocco international on Monday night after the player had already agreed terms with Bayern.

Manolas is likely to cost Roma in the region of 13 million euros, with Benatia leaving for twice that figure.

Sources told ESPN earlier in August that Manchester United were interested in signing Benatia, with Manchester City and Chelsea also reportedly after the player after a fine 2013-14 Serie A campaign.

But Bayern made their move for Benatia after losing Javi Martinez to a serious knee injury in the German Super Cup against Borussia Dortmund earlier this month.

Roma director of football Walter Sabatini had previously stated in May that Benatia could only leave if the club received an offer of 61 million euros.

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