Manchester United and Chelsea target linked to Bayern Munich

L’Equipe has claimed Mehdi Benatia is keen to complete a move to the Bundesliga giants, casting doubt on any Premier League move.

Chelsea and Manchester United could both be set to miss out on Mehdi Benatia, after it was revealed that the 27-year-old is keen on moving to Bayern Munich this summer.

According to L’Equipe the Morocco international is open to the idea of moving to the Allianz Arena, with Bayern thought to be weighing up a £30 million bid for the Giallorossi defender.

Pep Guardiola has reportedly identified the former Udinese stopper as the ideal addition to help shore up the Bavarians’ defence, with the Bundesliga champions still smarting from their 5-0 humiliation at the hands of Real Madrid in the semi-finals of the Champions League last term.

Bayern’s defensive frailties were also laid bare in the 2-0 German Super Cup defeat to Borussia Dortmund last week – a result that may have prompted the club to look to Benatia as one potential addition.

Benatia also appears to be eager to join the club, if the French media reports are to be believed, with any move to Munich likely to enhance his opportunities of winning silverware at the highest level.

This latest development could be a major a blow to Manchester United with the Red Devils previously linked with a big-money move for the defender, as Louis van Gaal looks to strengthen a squad that could only muster a 7th place finish in the Premier League last term.

Benatia was thought to have been identified as a major transfer priority too, following United’s 2-1 opening day defeat to Swansea City at Old Trafford.

Chelsea, meanwhile, were also rumoured to be in the race to sign the defender, despite Jose Mourinho previously moving to dismiss reports of any interest.

The Special One is under pressure to deliver the title back to the Stamford Bridge club this season, following a summer of heavy investment from billionaire owner Roman Abramovich.

Felipe Luis and Diego Costa have both been recruited from La Liga champions Atletico Madrid, while former Arsenal star Cesc Fabregas has also arrived from Barcelona.

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