Manchester United are expected to be one of the busier Premier League teams during the January transfer window, with a host of positions seemingly needing strengthened.
Despite the search for a midfield creator and a new left-back, there is a case to suggest that David Moyes will look to add a central defender to his squad.
With Rio Ferdinand and Nemanja Vidic out of contract at the end of the season, the Scot could be tempted to sign a replacement to shore up his backline.
Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri has stated that United have made contact with the Stadio Olimpico outfit over the availability of the Morocco international, who is valued in the €25m range.
With Roma not playing in Europe this season, Benatia would be available to feature in the Champions League for United if he did move to England, while the Italian side have sold on some of their best players over the last year.
A stumbling block to any potential deal is the fact that Benatia only move to Roma in the summer from Udinese, and whether another quick-fire move could be made remains to be seen.
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