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Roma reject Manchester City's £28m Benatia bid, but make counter-offer - report

According to the Italian press, Manchester City’s bid for Mehdi Benatia has been knocked back by Roma.

On Tuesday, the Mirror reported that Manchester City had agreed a £30 million deal to sign centre-back Mehdi Benatia from Serie A giants Roma.

The Moroccan enjoyed a fine campaign in the Italian capital last season, but has locked horns with the Giallorossi over pay increase and is reportedly looking for a way out of the Eternal City.

City had long been linked with an opportunistic move to secure the 27-year-old’s services, though Roma’s demands for a lucrative transfer fee remained the primary stumbling block.

This issue appeared to be resolved with a £30 million offer from Manuel Pellegrini’s men, which the Mirror claimed Roma would be inclined to accept once a suitable replacement for Benatia had been found.

However, Sky Sport Italia have now maintained that the Stadio Olimpico outfit instead rejected a £28 million bid from City and are holding out for better terms.

Roma have countered by asking for £24 million cash and 21-year-old central defender Matija Nastasic in return for Benatia.

Nastasic is rated by the Giallorossi at £12 million, bringing the total value of the proposed deal to £36 million - significantly higher than the £28 million initially put forward by City.

Roma appear keen to streamline the process of finding Benatia’s successor by requesting Nastasic be included.

The Serbian has Serie A experience from his time at Fiorentina - who sold the Serbian to City in the summer of 2012 - whilst his agent is said to have visited Roma’s Trigoria training ground just days ago.

Benatia has been training away from his Giallorossi team-mates and is reportedly keen to join the Citizens, though it remains to be seen if City are willing to accept Roma’s conditions.

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