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Are Milan ready to swoop for this Bayern Munich defender?

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Despite heavy interest from Juventus, Milan are once again looking at Medhi Benatia to reinforce their back line.

Benatia looks certain to return to Italy after a two year spell with Bayern Munich
Benatia looks certain to return to Italy after a two year spell with Bayern Munich
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For some time now, Moroccan defender Medhi Benatia has looked certain to join Juventus as a replacement for the departing Martin Caceres. However, Milan have emerged as a late contender for his signature, with the Rossoneri interested in acquiring an experienced centre half to partner Italy under 21 international Alessio Romagnoli at the back.

Reports suggest that Milan have yet to agree a fee with Bayern Munich, despite Juventus agreeing to a fee of around 20 million Euros with the Bundesliga club. It appears though that the will of the player may play a decisive role in what destination the centre back chooses.

Reports indicate that Benatia is open to the prospect of a starting role at Milan under Vincenzo Montella despite Juventus being able to offer Champions League football. After two years of playing second fiddle to Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez, Benatia appears to have placed playing time at the top of his list of priorities.

Whilst the Rossoneri are close to signing Argentinian centre half Mateo Musacchio, Benatia would be an equally excellent addition who would go a long way to reinforcing a sub-par back line. With Milan seemingly having lost out on Marko Pjaca to the Bianconeri, Milanisti will be hopeful of beating them to Benatia instead and gaining a modicum of revenge over their hated rivals.