Report: Benatia ready to give up bonus to secure Manchester City move

Mehdi Benatia playing for Morocco

Roma defender Mehdi Benatia is said to be so keen to join Manchester City that he is willing to give up his signing-on bonus.

Roma are looking increasingly unlikely to hold on to star defender Mehdi Benatia with reports that the player is desperate to sign for Manchester City.

The Moroccan star was one of the top players in Serie A last season and has caught the eye of several big clubs, including Manchester City.

The attention appears to have changed Benatia's relationship with the Giallorossi and he has demanded a significant pay rise from the capital club, reportedly naming a sum that is double his current salary.

Roma are battling to keep Benatia and have reportedly rejected a bid of £28 million from Man City, but they won't be able to hold the 27-year-old hostage and surely can't afford to reject such vast sums of money.

The latest report in La Gazzetta dello Sport indicates that Benatia is so keen to join Manchester City that he has offered to forego his £3 million signing-on bonus.

While this sum of money may seem like a drop in the ocean of such a big-money deal, the gesture may be welcomed by the Premier League champions and shows Benatia's intentions.

Roma have reportedly attempted to persuade Man City to add Matija Nastasic to the deal, hoping to have a readymade replacement for Benatia, but the English club are reluctant to do so.

Benatia has been training separately to the rest of the Roma squad and as each day goes by he looks less likely to be part of coach Rudi Garcia's plans for the 2014-15 campaign.

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