Man United join race to sign star defender who is open to leave – report

Man United join race to sign star defender who is open to leave – report

By Mark Weasley

According to reports from Italy, Manchester United are interested in signing Moroccan International Mehdi Benatia. The Juventus defender has struggled for game time this season following the return of Leonardo Bonucci at the Allianz Stadium and he has spoken out of his frustration at being left on the bench.

The former Roma and Bayern Munich star is also reportedly wanted by Barcelona in January, with the Spanish giants facing dismal injury crisis at the heart of defence.

Tuttosport (h/t Calciomercato) reports that Manchester United have joined the race for the experienced defender, who can certainly add solidity and valuable experience to their backline, should he arrive at Old Trafford. The Red Devils’ problems at the back have been well documented this campaign, having kept only 1 clean sheet in 11 league matches.

Mourinho’s men have also conceded 18 goals this term, which is just 10 fewer than they managed in the whole of last season. Man United were active in the market for a central defender all summer with the likes of Harry Maguire and Toby Alderweireld all heavily linked to a move to Old Trafford.

The moves failed to materialize but it is believed that the board will back Mourinho with funds to reinforce in the winter transfer window. Benatia is a classy centre back known for his unflappable defending, aerial strength and ability to play out from the back.

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