Friday, 30th May, 2014

AS Roma have slapped a €35m asking price on their much talked about central defender, Mehdi Benatia.

Benatia played a pivotal role in Roma finishing second in Serie A this season and speculation about his future at the club has reached a crescendo in the last few days.

Earlier this week Benatia made his discontent about his pay package at Roma public and that has added even more fuel to the speculation that suggests that the Moroccan will leave the club this summer.

Benatia feels that he deserves a better salary on the basis of his performances and it is believed that Manchester City have already made an approach for him.


The English champions are mooted to have already made a bid of around €22m, for Benatia but Roma have rejected the offer.

Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini had a meeting with manager Rudi Garcia and now the club have decided to slap a €35m asking price on the 27-year-old, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

Benatia still has four years left on his contract, which gives Roma the advantage to stick to their guns and ask for a huge transfer fee from his suitors.

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