Report: Manchester City £6m away from Benatia

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The latest reports suggest that Manchester City are closing in on Roma defender Mehdi Benatia, but the Serie A side don't want to sell.

Manchester City are reportedly getting close to meeting Roma's valuation of central defensive star Mehdi Benatia even though the Giallorossi are reluctant to let him go.

Benatia was one of Roma's outstanding players last season and played a pivotal role in the Lupi's second-placed finish.

The Moroccan's performances have seen his value rocket and a long queue of potential suitors has formed.

Roma have stressed that they want to keep Benatia and sporting director Walter Sabatini is said to be determined not to relinquish him this summer, but that may be tough.

Sky Sport Italia reports that Roma set a high valuation on Benatia of £24m and that Manchester City have offered just under £18m.

The player has reportedly demanded that Roma double his salary if he is to stay and it seems that they aren't in a position to do that.

Benatia is set to leave training with the Moroccan national side in Portugal to return to Rome and discuss his future.

Roma look likely to fight off offers for as long as they can, but if Benatia decides he wants to leave and Manchester City meet the initial valuation, it may be hard to stop the move.

Chelsea have also been linked with Benatia and it has been suggested that they may use striker Romelu Lukaku, who is a target for Roma, as part of a deal and Barcelona are said to be interested too.

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