Manchester City to submit £25m Benatia bid

Manchester City will make formal
contact with Roma in the next 24
hours and submit a £25 million bid
for Mehdi Benatia , Goal
Goal revealed earlier this month that
the Premier League champions were
set to turn their attention to the
Morocco international following the
ongoing complications with regards
to their long-term pursuit of Porto’s
Eliaquim Mangala.
City are now set to offer the 27-year-
old a lucrative deal worth 90k-a-
week that would see the former
Udinese man double his current
Coach Rudi Garcia has ruled out
selling a player who only joined
Roma last summer but the player
himself has hinted he could seek a
move away after admitting his
disappointment after receiving an
“unacceptable proposal” from the
He said: “I never said I want to
leave. But Roma have not kept their
promises. They had told me that
they would make me a new contract
offer if I had a great season.
"But I have received an
unacceptable proposal, less than €3
million per season. I replied that I
would not sign it.
"I'm in love with Rome, I'm very fine
here but my mistake was to be too
correct with the club and too
Regarding speculation about him
leaving, he added: "I only said that
anyone dreams of teams like Real,
Bayern and [Manchester] City.
"My agent is doing his job, I could
leave but I could also stay and finish
my career in Roma. But I was
disappointed [with the new wage
offer], I deserved more respect."
City's attempted double move for
Mangala and Fernando, which they
first launched back in January, has
hit a snag over third party
ownership, with Porto owning only
56.67 per cent of the defender's
rights, and 90 per cent of the
Brazilian midfielder's.
Manuel Pellegrini is still expected to
complete a deal for Fernando for
around £12 million but has now
firmly turned his attention to
Benatia in preference to 23-year-old
Frenchman Mangala as he attempts
to add defensive reinforcements to
his squad.

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