Bayern coy over interest in £30m United and Chelsea target

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has refused to be drawn to comment on Bayern Munich's interest in Manchester United and Chelsea target Mehdi Benatia.

Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has kept quiet on reports linking the club to Mehdi Benatia.

The German giants are reportedly in a race with Chelsea and Manchester United to sign the talented Roma centre-back, but when asked about their interest today, Rummenigge was not giving much away.

He said that he did not want to confirm or deny their interest in any player as it can drive the price that they have to pay and kept his cards close to his chest on the Benatia situation.

“We're not going to say anything because, if in doubt, that could only make the player more expensive,” he said to the German media. "If we do do anything on the transfer market, then it will all depend on the quality and the price."

Bayern are believed to be on the look-out for a centre-back, as it is arguably the weakest position in Pep Guardiola’s current squad.

While the rest of his side is littered with talent, the combination of Dante and Jerome Boateng at the heart of the Bundesliga champion's defence is a sturdy one, without being spectacular.

The arrival of Benatia, who is rated at £30 million, would certainly change that, as he is considered one of the finest defenders in the world.

The Moroccan has been in fine form in Serie A in recent times and after just one season at Roma he appears ready to move on.

He has made 33 appearances for the club, scoring five times, since joining from Udinese – where he also impressed – and that has been enough to catch the eye of many clubs' scouting networks.

As a result, Benatia has been linked with three of Europe’s biggest sides this summer, but it seems that Bayern are currently at the head of the queue for the 27-year-old.

United and Chelsea remain reportedly interested in acquiring the former Udinese defender’s services, but luring him away from Bayern will be a tough ask for either of the Premier League duo.

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