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Mehdi Benatia

Mehdi Benatia (مهدي بنعطية, born 17 April 1987 in Évry, Essonne, France) is a Moroccan football defender, who plays for Italian Serie A side Udinese.

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Lyon are weighing up summer bid for Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia, according to France Football.
Next time make Mehdi Benatia play if you want to stop CR7
Yes I'm sure Mehdi Benatia is a great replacement for Bonucci
I hope Juve win tomorrow just for Mehdi Benatia
Quite disappointing that a quality centre back like Mehdi Benatia has gone to Juventus on a permanent deal after his loan to be 4th choice.
Bayern are scheduled to meet with Juventus to resolve the futures of Mehdi Benatia and Kingsley Coman [Football Italia] htt…
Goal for Bianconeri! Mehdi Benatia scores from Daniel Alves's ball. It's no less than the Old Lady deserve for their utter dominance so far.
James Rodriguez was available, Ricardo Rodriguez, Fabinho, Mehdi Benatia etc all these players who'd have made us title contenders...
Arsenal transfer news: Would Bayern Munich&Mehdi Benatia be a good signing? - Metro
welcome to life with Mehdi Benatia...
Mehdi Benatia suffered a thigh injury with Juventus, in other news the sky is blue!
25': Juve substitution: Mehdi Benatia cannot continue anymore. He is replaced by Andrea Barzagli. Bet at
Mehdi Benatia also,standing far behind with his hand empty
📷 j-u-v-e: Mehdi Benatia and Miralem Pjanic before the second half of the match against Sevilla...
Arsenal transfer news and rumours: Mehdi Benatia to reject Emirates move in favour of Roma return? -
Arsenal are keen to snap up Bayern Munich's Morocco international Mehdi Benatia this summer. (Source: Star)
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Riyad & Mohamed Salah are the best Arab players right now. Along with Mehdi Benatia and Yacine Brahimi.
Pep Guardiola on the injury of both Franck Ribery & Mehdi Benatia: "It's a mystery!" [BILD]. 😢
On a scale of 1 to 100 how injury prone is mehdi benatia
Bayern Munich have confirmed Mehdi Benatia & Franck Ribéry have suffered strained muscle injuries which rule them out of action until 2016.
Ribery And Benatia Out Till 2016: Franck Ribery and Mehdi Benatia will be out of action till 2016, Bayern Muni...
"Franck Ribéry and Mehdi Benatia will be out for the rest of 2015 with muscular injuries ribery again
Both Mehdi Benatia and Franck Ribery have been ruled out for the rest of the year thanks to muscle injuries picked up against Zagreb.
OFFICIAL: Franck Ribery & Mehdi Benatia suffered muscular problems against Dinamo Zagreb & will miss the rest of 2015.
This is Mehdi Benatia's 8th injury in 1.5 season!
TZ: Mehdi Benatia could miss the rest of 2015 due to thigh injury. 😕😕
Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus says the club should look to sell defender Mehdi Benatia.
Roma are reportedly looking at Bayern Munich’s Mehdi Benatia and Udinese’s Thomas Heurtaux to strengthen their defence [gds]
News in brief:Benatia injured, record for Pep: Shortly before the break in Wednesday’s match in Zagreb, Mehdi…
Mehdi Benatia suffered a thigh injury, he will be diagnosed in Munich, likely to miss a few weeks [fcb.de]
Dinamo Zagreb-BayernMunich - 46th minute: Substitution for BayernMunich: Mehdi Benatia goes off, Jerome Boateng comes on.
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Benatia injured again? Alright. I'll admit it. The Mehdi Benatia experiment is done.
Leo Castan has put Maicon Mehdi Benatia, himself, Strootman, De Rossi and Francesco Totti in his "dream 11".
Today's challenge: watch this till the end without crying . Mehdi Benatia - The Ultimate Compilation (2013/2014)
Mehdi Benatia feels better than before and hopes to return to training in 10 to 14 days.
Mehdi Benatia: "In the meantime I feel better than before. I hope I can return to team training in 10 to 14 days."
Mehdi Benatia: "I'm already doing a lot better. I hope to be able to resume squad training within 10 to 14 days"
Could Mehdi Benatia Return to Roma This Winter?: Seeking some solidity in defense, Roma are r... ~
Robbery and Mehdi Benatia will be bck and fully fit against Arsenal.Arsenal crashing out in da UCL group stage is a must.
Serie A: Roma target Benatia return: Roma are believed to be lining up a deal to bring Mehdi Benatia back to t...
consider return: Roma are considering a surprise re-signing of Mehdi Benatia from in…
consider a surprise re-signing of Mehdi Benatia from say reports.
AS Roma have made a late bid to sign Mehdi Benatia in the summer transfer window. (La Gazzetta dello Sport).
You never know that 'highly rated CB' Mehdi Benatia may finally be touching down in Manchester before the clock strikes six..👀
You mean the highly rated Mehdi Benatia who plays for Bayern
Bayern will be without center backs Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez, Holger Badstuber, Mehdi Benatia and Jan Kirchhoff to…
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Mueller double leads Bayern to five-goal stroll: Mehdi Benatia and Robert Lewandowski netted too while newcome...
France Football | Juventus will offer Bayern target Kingsley Coman + cash to get Mehdi Benatia
Di Marzio | Karl Heinz Rummenigge told Inter that they have 0% chance of signing Mehdi Benatia.
An intermediary is currently in a meeting with Bayern's Karl-Heinz Rummenigge regarding Mehdi Benatia. [Sky]
Mehdi Benatia is not happy at Bayern Munich and would like to return to Italy. La Stampa says Juve are in negotiations for …
According to Gazzetta dello Sport , Inter have opened talks with Bayern Munich to try signing. Mehdi Benatia.
Mehdi Benatia & Xabi Alonso will both miss MD17 trip to Mainz on Friday. Robert Lewandowski is a doubt.
Mehdi Benatia is out until the Rückrunde with a groin injury, while Robert Lewandowski and Xabi Alonso are doubtful for the weekend.
Bayern's Mehdi Benatia has claimed "Roma are stronger than Manchester City" and has tipped them to qualify for the next sta…
Africa’s Top Transfers for 2014 The European transfer window sees many of the wealthy clubs on the continent splash millions of Euros on players that can improve the fortune of their teams and the last window was no different. 1. Mehdi Benatia (Morocco) Benatia is a household name in Europe’s top leagues and moved from AS Roma last season to the German giants Bayern Munich. They paid €26 million for the Moroccan which is a HUGE R353 million. 2. Sadio Mané (Senegal) Sadio Mane was plying his trade in Austria before the teams in the English Premiership started showing interest in him. The Senegalese made a move to high flying Southampton at the start of this season for a fee around €15 million and that works out too to about R203 million. 3. Aymen Abdennour (Tunisia) The Tunisian centre-back moved from Toulouse back AS Monaco for a fee around €13 million. The 25-year-old has bounced between the two clubs for the last three seasons. His transfer to Africa made it Africa’s third highest transfer ...
ESPN FC News : Mehdi Benatia: Morocco 'disappointed' to miss out on African Nations Cup: Morocco defen...
Fuk the Confederation of African Football fk them man african football is nothing without Morocco and my goons Badou Ezzaki n Mehdi Benatia
*** FM. Cant take Mehdi Benatia to training camp cause he's at Africa Cup of Nations. he gets upset and tells teammates I left him out
Football Works: Mehdi Benatia won't go to Africa Cup of Nations
Good news for FC Bayern supporters as Mehdi Benatia won't be going Africa Cup of Nations.
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It *** that Morocco was banned from AFCON, but it does mean that Mehdi Benatia gets to stay with the team.
Morocco won't host AFCON 2015 & are disqualified from participating. Key man is Mehdi Benatia. Good news for Bayern.
Morocco have been disqualified from the African cup of nations 2015. Mehdi Benatia will stay with Bayern in January
Unsure as to why Mehdi Benatia was left out. Plays for one of Europe's giants and is the heart of Moroccan football. Still, Gervinho FTW.
The fact that Mehdi Benatia isn't on the shortlist is a disgrace.
Can't believe Mehdi Benatia isn't on the list. What a joke.
I find it shocking that Mehdi Benatia didn't make the BBC Africa player of the year shortlist
Mehdi Benatia nominated for African Footballer of the Year
Mehdi Benatia“Sergio Ramos is the best CB currently”
Benatia: 'Totti can always score': . Mehdi Benatia praised Francesco Totti and Bayern M...
Mehdi Benatia praised Francesco Totti and Munich boss Pep Guardiola, but ignored critical fans
Forza Italian Football Benatia: I love Roma. Bayern Munich defender Mehdi Benatia is happy with his sides...
Mehdi Benatia is so good but David Alaba is something else! LB to CDM to CAM, a quality footballer.
Frank Ribery, Xherdan Shaqiri & Mehdi Benatia: No beer, because they are Muslim (IMAGE)
Bayern Munich signed Lewandowski, Juan Bernat, Xabi Alonso, Mehdi Benatia and Pepe Reina & only spent £36m you know.
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OFFICIAL: FC Bayern München complete the signing of Mehdi Benatia from AS Roma Now we have Blind , De jong is all we have left
ZA SOKA ULAYA LEO JUMANNE. Tuesday's newspapers... Angel Di Maria flew into England last night to complete his record £60m move to Manchester United. The Argentina midfielder will undergo a medical today and the deal should be confirmed in the next 24 hours. (Various) Louis Van Gaal wants to follow up the signing of Di Maria by signing Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal in £34m deal. (Daily Telegraph) And United could be prepared to use Javier Hernandez as part of their deal for Vidal. (Daily Express) Manchester United are also lining up an £18million swoop for Ajax star Daley Blind. (The Sun) Arsenal could turn to Danny Welbeck or Loic Remy as fears grow that striker Olivier Giroud has broken his ankle. (The Sun) Arsenal and Manchester United have received a huge boost in their pursuit of Roma defender Mehdi Benatia after the Italian club scrapped a proposed meeting with potential suitors Bayern Munich. (Daily Star) Arsenal have been handed another major transfer boost after Sporting Lisbon agreed to lo ...
In today’s edition of the latest transfer rumors we will look at Mario Balotelli, Juan Cuadrado, Mehdi Benatia, William Carvalho, Matija Nastasic, Marcos Rojo and Nani.
Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has remained coy on reports linking Mehdi Benatia with the club.
[Football chief Karl-Heinz Rummenigge says they're mum about interest on AS Roma's Mehdi Benatia to keep player's price low.
United's season got off to a disappointing start, as Swansea City won 2-1 at Old Trafford to hand new manager Louis Van Gaal a defeat in his first Premier League game in charge. There were plenty of problems in the patchwork Red Devils starting XI, but the defence remains a huge concern given that youngster Tyler Blackett was forced to start the game after injury to Jonny Evans. Alongside Evans, Phil Jones, Chris Smalling and Michael Keane, Blackett is one of just five centre backs in the United squad - and given that Van Gaal is determined to use the 3-4-1-2 system that served him so well with the Netherlands at the World Cup in Brazil this summer, more central defenders are certainly needed. Sporting Lisbon's Marcos Rojo remains a key target as a potential left sided centre back after the collapse of United's bid for ex- Arsenal defender Thomas Vermaelen, but one world class centre back is needed too. A deal for Borussia Dortmund's Mats Hummels looks all but impossible, leaving Roma's Mehdi Benatia as t ...
The Old Trafford club are eyeing up a move for AC Milan defender Philippe Mexes, 32, as a cheaper alternative to Roma's £24m-rated centre-back Mehdi Benatia, 27, according to Corriere dello Sport. Football Italia
Manchester United bid £24m for Roma star Mehdi Benatia as they plan new swoop - Bubblews via
Hearing that highly-rated centre-back Mehdi Benatia on his way from AS Roma to Manchester United.
Roma defender Mehdi Benatia is flying to England for talks over a move to Manchester Unite
Manchester United are preparing a £24m bid to beat Chelsea to the signing of Roma's 27-year-old Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia
ROMA'S sporting director Walter Sabatini has flown to London as Chelsea look to sign Manchester United target Mehdi Benatia before the transfer window shuts. By: Anthony ChapmanFri, August 15, 2014 Mehdi Benatia is wanted by both Chelsea and Man Utd[GETTY] Despite moving for French youngster Kurt Zouma in January, Jose Mourinho is yet to replace David Luiz after the Brazilian moved to Paris St-Germain for £50million. The Blues have already splashed the cash on the likes of Diego Costa, Cesc Fabregas and Filipe Luis, but at a press conference held earlier today, boss Mourinho refused to rule out more new arrivals. Benatia has developed into one of the top centre-backs in Europe, attracting interest from new United boss Louis Van Gaal, but according to reports in Italy, Sabatini has jetted into the capital to discuss the transfer with Chelsea whlist negotiating a deal for stiker Mattia Destro with Tottenham. Van Gaal is seeking to land a new defender after losing Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand on free tra ...
TRANSFER GOSSIP Chelsea are in discussion with Roma over defender Mehdi Benatia Roma's sporting director has travelled to London to discuss 27-year-old Mehdi Benatia's potential £30m transfer to Chelsea. (Daily Express) Midfielder Yaya Toure, 31, will not be offered a new contract by Manchester City despite settling his differences with the club. (Daily Mirror) Boss Louis Van Gaal has intensified his efforts to sign Inter Milan's Colombian midfielder Fredy Guarin, 28, after Manchester United's intended move for Juventus' Arturo Vidal stalled yet again. (Daily Star) Paris St-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot, 19, has refused a new contract at the French club with Arsenal and Chelsea ready to step in. (Daily Express) Manager Gus Poyet says Sunderland face a battle to keep hold of strikers Connor Wickham, 21, and Steven Fletcher, 27, with West Ham and Hull City waiting to pounce. (Daily Mail) Harry Redknapp wants Lokomotiv Moscow's Lassana Diarra, 29, at Loftus Road but the former Real Madrid midfielder wi . ...
Man Utd target Benatia. Manchester United are targeting a move for Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia but the...
FOOTBALL Chelsea ready £30m bid for Man Utd target Mehdi Benatia CHELSEA are ready to make a £30million bid for Roma defender Mehdi Benatia. With less than a week to go before Chelsea’s opening Premier League game, away to Burnley on Monday night, Jose Mourinho wants to strengthen his defence with a move for the Moroccan centre-back. Benatia, 27, is also being chased by Manchester United but Chelsea are in the driving seat, with inquiries already having been made. They have switched their attention to Benatia because Real Madrid have indicated so far that French defender Raphael Varane is not for sale and with another target, Atletico Madrid star Joao Miranda, opting to stay in Spain. Mourinho has still not replaced Brazilian David Luiz, sold to Paris Saint Germain this summer for £50m and he believes that, even though he has Branislav Ivanovic and French youngster Kurt Zouma who could both fill in at centre-back if John Terry or Gary Cahill are injured, he still needs extra cover. If they push throu ...
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As we are getting to the end of the Summer Transfer, I will like to voice out this my suggestion once again. I think we(Chelsea) don't have to look at how much has already be spent on the transfer window. What we need to think is how to get the best and the quality players that can give out their best output. It would be easy at all if we should close our eyes, allowing Louis VG to make transfer on: Arturo Vidal, Real Madrid's Angel Di Maria and Roma's Mehdi Benatia. This will not be easy at all. I think Chelsea should try to hajack 1/2 of this 3 players. Then Petter for Sami Khedira or Verane. It will be very good if we should have Same and Verane, Benatia,etc. Obi should be sold. Torres play good but both him and even Hazard's performances are not encouraging at all, especially Hazard. Andre Schurrle perform really good and I think if Torres to swap with Miranda of Atletico, it will help than Andre, though he Torres play good. We have to consider things so carefully, because already MU is having quality ...
Manchester United are set to fork out a mammoth £125 million on Angel Di Maria, Arturo Vidal and Mehdi Benatia, while Javier Hernandez 1
Chelsea are ready to hijack Manchester United's plans to sign Roma defender Mehdi Benatia. Louis Van Gaal is...
Chelsea Football Club is sniffing around AS Roma's Mehdi Benatia again, at a rumored fee of €35m, which is less than Manchester United paid for Luke Shaw. That ain't right!
Manchester United are said to be ready to offer €38 million for Roma defender Mehdi Benatia. The Serie A team are reportedly willing to discuss a transfer as the bid meets their valuation of the centre-back. Source: Gazzetta dello Sport ©zht
FOOTBALL MUSLMAN PLAYERS * Mehdi Benatia - Moroccan defender who plays for As Roma * Ilkay Gundogan - Turkish German player who plays for Borussia Dortmund * Mohammed Diame - West Ham United player from Senegal * Demba Ba - Chelsea player from Senegal * Zinedine Zidane - Real Madrid (assistant coach and sporting director) player from France with roots from Algeria * Marouane Chamakh - Moroccan player born in France who plays for Crystal Palace * Adem Ljajić - Serbian Muslim, Attacking midfielder for AS Roma * Franck Ribéry - French player who converted after marriage that plays for Bayern Munich * Mesut Özil - German player with Turkish roots, who plays for Arsenal * Edin Dzeko - Bosnia and Herzegovina and Manchester City striker * Miralem Pjanić - Bosnia and Herzegovina and AS Roma midfielder * Asmir Begovic - Bosnia and Herzegovina and Stoke City goalkeeper * Vedad Ibisevic - Bosnia and Herzegovina and VfB Stuttgart 1893 eV striker * Emir Spahic - Bosnia and Herzegovina and TSV Bayer 04 Leverkusen . ...
Rudi Garcia assured Manchester City and Chelsea target Mehdi Benatia “will play with this season.”
John Terry explains what Diego Costa can offer Chelsea next season CHELSEA veteran John Terry believes new boy Diego Costa will be a success at Stamford Bridge. By: David Wright Wed, July 16, 2014 Terry is looking forward to next season with Costa leading the attack[GETTY] He holds the ball up very well, he has got great movement and is really physical John Terry The Blues completed the £32m signing of Costa from Atletico Madrid yesterday after he fired the club to the La Liga title last season. Jose Mourinho's men went up against the Spain international in last term's Champions League semi-finals, exiting the competition with a 3-1 defeat on aggregate. And Terry claims Chelsea can look forward to the striker's target man qualities next season. Related articles Chelsea agree fee to sign £20m-rated Brazilian star Filipe Luis Chelsea look to offload John Obi Mikel as they try to hijack Arsenal's Sami Khedira move Chelsea beating Man Utd and Man City in race for Roma star Mehdi Benatia "First of all, his m ...
Rumour: Porto's Eliaquim Mangala stalls on Manchester City deal, amid Manchester United and Chelsea interest Squawka News Jul 11 2014 191 Eliaquim Mangala Eliaquim Mangala Manchester City’s attempts to sign Porto centre-back Eliaquim Mangala have hit a snag, writes the Daily Star . Manuel Pellegrini is working hard to increase The Sky Blues’ central defensive options next season and is said to have deals in principle in place to sign Porto’s Mangala and Roma’s Mehdi Benatia. However, due to the Financial Fair Play sanctions imposed on City, they cannot afford both in-demand defenders and are waiting on Mangala to make a decision. The Daily Star reports that Mangala has yet to commit his future, amid interest from Premier League rivals Manchester United and Chelsea. City were hoping that the 23-year-old France international would’ve come to a conclusion in light of Les Bleus‘ exit from the World Cup, but Pellegrini is yet to receive a phone call. To make matters worse, Red Devils boss Louis van ...
Daily Mirror - Man City have agreed a deal to sign Mehdi Benatia but Roma will not sell until they have bought a replacement
BREAKING: Manchester City have agreed a fee of around £30 million for Roma centre- back, Mehdi Benatia. [Daily Mirror]
Daily Mirror: Man City have agreed a £30m deal for Roma's Mehdi Benatia, who has been linked with
Roma have rejected a £28m offer from Bayern Munich for Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia, 27, who is also a target for both Man…
GOOD MORNING CHELSEA FAMILY Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport claimed on Tuesday that Chelsea had sent an agent to talk to Serie A Club AS Roma about a possible summer transfer. The famous pink Italian newspaper claim that Jose Mourinho's Chelsea have thrown their hat into the ring for much wanted defender Mehdi Benatia. Manchester City were linked with a move for the defender for some weeks and reportedly made a bid for him, having it refused, Gazzetta say the same has happened with Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich who they claim has offered €33m. To make matters more complicated they also say that after having their first bid refused, Manchester City have returned with €38m. Roma, according to the newspaper, still don't want to sell but that's becoming hard to believe, especially given that the player himself has made it clear he's not overly keen on staying. Benatia has rejected a new contract offer from Roma which will push the club's hand a little. It's not known if Chelsea will also bid but as ...
La Gazzetta is reporting that Roma have rejected Bayern Munich's €33 million bid for central defender Mehdi Benatia.
L'Equipe cover today: Barcelona will on monday announce Cesc Fabregas to Chelsea for €33m. (lukaku will be one of the biggest mistake Roma keen on Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku if Blues express interest in Mehdi Benatia. (Express) Patrick van Aanholt: 'Louis Van Gaal told me I'm the best offensive left back, but not the best defender. Chelsea poised to re-sign legendary striker Didier Drogba. (Eurosport) Jose Mourinho dosen't want to sell Ramires. (Daily Star) Lukaku has confirmed his desire to leave Chelsea this summer as they close in on Diego Costa. Costa move complete & Chelsea want three more Atleti players. Fabregas deal also in place. (via duncancastles) Besiktas in talks to sign Chelsea striker Demba Ba. (Star)
African teams are typically sloppy, but 5 berths for 50 nations is unfair. Demba Ba, Mehdi Benatia, etc. won't be in Brazil!
[Football chairman Urbano Cairo has reportedly claimed that Alessio Cerci could be worth as much as Mehdi Benatia.
Torino President Urbano Cairo has claimed that Alessio Cerci is worth as much as Mehdi Benatia
Barcelona dropped all interest on Mehdi Benatia as the club doesn't favor a biding war with Manchester City.
CITY IN THE MEDIA: Joe Hart back his best for England, but there's to be no World Cup dreams for Negredo and Navas who are left out of Spain's squad. Also, Mehdi Benatia will have to force his way out of Roma if he wants to join the Blues this summer. Read what the media are reporting today: What are your thoughts on the latest gossip?
TOP SPORTS STORIES TODAY 1.Uganda advanced to the next stage of AFCON 2015 Qualifiers after beating madagascar 1-0 at Nambole stadium today. 2.Liverpool have made an improved £25m bid for Southampton midfielder Adam Lallana 3.Manchester City have made an opening bid for AS Roma defender Mehdi Benatia. 4.Southampton striker Rickie Lambert undergoing Liverpool medical today. 5.Arsenal has managed to sign Real Madrid striker Alvaro Morata for just £8 million, but there is also a big catch. 6.Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is willing to listen to offers for goalkeeper Petr Cech. 7.The father of Manchester City striker Sergio Aguero admits he wants to move to Barcelona. 8.Only Manchester United have made contact with Southampton for Luke Shaw. 9.Manchester United will face competition from Arsenal for Benfica winger Nicolas Gaitan. 10.Liverpool hope to close a deal for Sevilla fullback Alberto Moreno next week. Thanks alot to those to listened to sports show today.we pray that you Join Alexander okidi and the t ...
I keep reading stories saying City are likely to miss out on Mehdi Benatia and Eliaquim Mangala.GOOD!, I hope we do, we don't need either of them, there is a young lad called Karim Rekik who happens to be a Full Holland International and Matija Nastasic who spent last season injured, they will be back next season, matter of fact, I cannot really think of anyone other than one midfield player we actually NEED.would like a Marco Reus, Cesc Fabregas, Andres Iniesta, Angel Di Maria or Isco type to be snapped up for next season and leave it at that. The biggest worry for City this season and the thing they definately need to get sorted and start shaping themselves doing it, is getting contracts signed by existing players, we have got Boyata signed up for another 2 seasons, but the top players like Joe Hart, Edin Dzeko, Samir Nasri, Aleksander Kolarov, James Milner and Micah Richards for me should be given new deals as a matter of urgency, and especially when 3 of them are not in Brazil, there is no reason why ...
WHAT THE MEDIA SAYS: Manchester City FC have bid for Mehdi Benatia rejected? Plus Blues have no intention of letting Sergio Aguero or Alvaro Negredo leave? Read all about it: do you make of today's headlines?
Rad The Redman's transfer Corner : Arsenal, Man City and Man United were put on high alert after Ángel di María admitted he could leave Real Madrid. Edinson Cavani has rejected Manchester United move as the player wants to play in the Champions League. Manchester United are ready to make a £25million bid for Angel Di Maria. Chelsea are considering a sensational swoop for former Manchester United target Toni Kroos. Frank Lampard is on the verge of accepting an offer to join New York City. Diego Costa will join Chelsea this summer and Jose Mourinho is hoping to complete the deal before the World Cup. Roma have rejected an £18m offer from Manchester City for Mehdi Benatia. They want £24.5m Arsenal have reopened talks with Real Madrid over signing striker Álvaro Morata. Southampton have rejected an offer from Liverpool for Rickie Lambert. Paris Saint-Germain believe Chelsea might be prepared to sell playmaker Eden Hazard this summer. Liverpool are preparing a £25million bid for Barcelona star Alexis Sa ...
(1) Express claiming that a move for a potential partner for Vincent Kompany is going to be an expensive one.They believe that Roma are looking for as much as £32m to part with Morocco international Mehdi Benatia. The Blues have been boosted, however, by the news that the Italians are considering rivalling Liverpool for Southampton stopper Dejan Lovren, who could be a potential replacement (2) Speaking of Italy, Edin Dzeko has revealed that he has always admired Serie A, and would like to play there one day (3) West Ham are in for former Blue Gareth Barry as Sam Allardyce looks to impose a new attractive style of play at Upton Park
Premier League champions Manchester City are likely to make only three new signings this summer, reports James Cooper. The club's key priority is strengthening their defensive options with winter target, Porto's Elaquim Mangala, at the top of their shopping list. But with City aiming to do their business quickly, as they did last summer, and Mangala keen to keep his options open until after the World Cup, Manuel Pellegrini may swoop for Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia instead. Benatia sparkled in Serie A last season and although he still has four years remaining on his deal, a fee of around £30m may be enough to tempt Roma to part with one of their prized assets. Jamie Redknapp and Matt Le Tissier give their thoughts on Yaya Toure's situation at Manchester City. City are also close to sealing a deal for one of his Porto team-mates, defensive midfielder Fernando. The Brazilian, who was another of Pellegrini's winter targets, would cost an initial fee of around £16m. While his arrival would add to the numb ...
TRANSFER NEWS: Arsenal handed double setback, Luis to reject Chelsea, Fabregas' Barca exit BARCELONA midfielder Cesc Fabregas could leave the club and Manchester United, Liverpool and Tottenham could benefit from PSG's pursuit of Chelsea's Eden Hazard. Meanwhile, Arsenal, Manchester City and United have been told to stump up £32m for Mehdi Benatia and Gunners have been handed double setback in bid for Kwadwo Asamoah and Mattia Destro. By: David Wright Mon, May 26, 2014 The summer transfer market does not officially open until July 1, but clubs are already busy preparing moves behind the scenes. Here is a roundup of all the latest news, rumours and gossip... Kwadwo Asamoah has responded to Arsenal's interest by reiterating his desire to stay at Juventus. Roma hitman Mattia Destro is also ready to reject interest from Arsenal in the summer, according to his agent. Atletico Madrid left-back Filipe Luis has played down a summer move amid reports linking him with Chelsea. Derby boss Steve McClaren hopes to re ...
Marquinhos to Barcelona means that Mehdi Benatia will join either Bayern Munich or Man City
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Garcia: I won't sell Benatia The defender has been linked with moves to several clubs across Europe, but his current boss has ruled out the prospect of him departing Roma boss Rudi Garcia says there is no chance he will sell Mehdi Benatia this summer, despite the transfer rumour mill tipping him for the Stadio Olimpico exit door. Benatia, 27, only joined the club last July having spent the previous three years at Udinese, but his performances this season have helped Roma to a second-placed finish. Reports in Gazzetta dello Sport on Wednesday claimed the player's agent was set to travel to Barcelona to negotiate a move to Camp Nou for a fee between €30 and €35 million. But Garcia, 50, has now broken his silence on the speculation and ruled out the prospect of sanctioning a deal for the Morocco star, who has a four year deal with the club and no buy-out clause. He told Sport Mediaset: "Last year we sold €50 million worth of players, but this summer we are not in a position where we need to sell." Eigh ...
Roma are facing up to the possibility of losing defender Mehdi Benatia and may push for Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen to replace him.
Manchester City CEO, Ferran Soriano is set to announce 4 new signings: Sagna from Arsenal (free) Mehdi Benatia from Roma (£12m) Mangala from Porto (£25m) Fernando from Porto (£8m)
Stamford Bridge side look to bring in Sporting Lisbon youngster. Chelsea are looking to push on with efforts to land Sporting Lisbon youngster William Carvalho as Jose Mourinho ready to consider the sale of fan favourite David Luiz. CFC is ready to start talks with the Primeira Liga club after efforts to land AS Roma battler Mehdi Benatia failed to lead to a positive conclusion. Sporting Lisbon will demand a whopping £35m for 22 year old Portuguese international Carvalho, which is a massive fee for a player of relatively little top level experience and may be a price-tag the Blues demand is lowered before they take their interest any further
Chelsea look set to make Roma's Mehdi Benatia their first choice to replace David Luiz in defence. The Blues are reportedly facing the likely departure of Brazil international Luiz to Barcelonathis summer, with the player often falling out of favour with Jose Mourinhothis season. With Barca keen to bring in defenders themselves, Luiz has often been linked as one of their main targets, alongside Liverpool's Daniel Agger, and now Chelsea are preparing to bring in replacements in that area. Benatiahas been one of the most impressive centre-backs in Europe this season, with his superb form for Roma attracting plenty of interest in the last few months, including from other Premier League sides Manchester City, Manchester United and Liverpool. Chelsea already have the highly promising Kurt Zouma arriving from Saint-Etienne this summer, with a deal having been sealed back in January, but it seems likely that Mourinho will also look to bring in a more experienced new signing along with the 19-year-old Frenchma .. ...
Highly recommended names to come to Manchester United.what do you think Jordy Clasie (Feyenoord) Javi Martinez (Bayern Munich) Marco Reus (Borussia Dortmund) Luke Shaw (Southampton) Mehdi Benatia (Roma) Toni Kroos (Bayern Munich)
A possible shortlist of players that Manchester United will want this summer: RIGHT BACK 1.Seamus Coleman 2.Mattia De Sciglio 3.Danilo CENTRE BACK 1.Eliaquim Mangala 2.Mehdi Benatia 3.Ezequiel Garay LEFT BACK 1.Luke Shaw 2.Fabio Coentrao 3.Alex Sandro CENTRAL MIDFIELD 1.William Carvalho 2.Toni Kroos 3.Ilkay Gundogan 4.Cesc Fabregas 5.Miralem Pjanic WINGER 1.Marco Reus 2.Adam Lallana 3.Antoine Griezmann STRIKER 1.Edinson Cavani 2.Diego Costa 3.Mario Mandzukic I think it is essential for us to sign at least 1 CB and a LB. Less essential is a RB but that is also starting to become essential because I can't take another year of Smalling filling in. 2 CM's should be targeted at least as well as at least 1 W. A ST, for me, is not essential and we shouldn't waste £50M on Cavani when there are other positions that DESPERATELY need addressing. Your thoughts?
TOP TEN BIGGEST PAYING CLUBS IN THE WORLD Who spends the most on salaries and wages? The top 10 Clubs are revealed here Courtesy of ESPN, the ten clubs in world football that currently spend the most on wages has been announced. Five Premier League clubs are included, as are giants from the Italian, German and Spanish leagues. In at ten, are the Serie A Champions League hopefuls, AS Roma. 10. AS Roma - £73,838,418 a year. Roma signed Kevin Strootman and Mehdi Benatia for big money in the summer, and pay Italian stalwarts Daniele De Rossi and Francesco Totti very well, which for their years of service, is well deserved. 9. Liverpool - £77,332,127 a year The Reds made Luis Suarez their highest ever paid player around Christmas time, and pay captain Steven Gerrard an equally deserved six figure wage. Their bill is set to get even larger, with rumours circulating that young English duo Raheem Sterling and Daniel Sturridge set to awarded new deals. 8. Arsenal - £88,649,595 a year The Gunners have famously b ...
Reports in the British press are claiming that David Moyes has issued a 7-man transfer objective list for this summer, including: Dejan Lovren, Mehdi Benatia, Luke Shaw, Toni Kroos, William Carvalho and Juventus duo Arturo Vidal and Paul Pogba
The Guardian reckons that Manchester United will make a summer bid for the brilliant Stoke stopper Asmir Begovic. They are also looking at replacing Anders Lindegaard with Asmir Begovic, as the uselessness of their reserve keeper is precisely the reason they find themselves in such a pickle. They remain keen on Mehdi Benatia, the excellent Roma centre-back, and have also watched PSG’s Alex, for reasons unexplained. We agree that the Alex link is ridiculous. He is a decent player but, at 31, would surely not be on the Manchester United radar. As for Mehdi Benatia the Moroccan has had a great season at the heart of the Roma defence and, at 26, represents a much more realistic target for David Moyes and Manchester United.
Liverpool are planning a double swoop this summer with Roma’s Mehdi Benatia and Sevilla’s Ivan Rakitic both priority signings.
Ill-tempered Roma-Inter draw Roma 0 - 0 Inter Stadio Olimpico There was a disallowed goal, penalty appeals and two potential video evidence incidents, but Roma-Inter ended goalless. There were over 25,000 seats locked down in the Curva Sud, Curva Nord and Distinti Sud as punishment for repeated anti-Neapolitan chants, which fell foul of rules on ‘territorial discrimination.’ The Giallorossi had won their last five League home games, but were without Francesco Totti, Douglas Maicon, Dodo and Federico Balzaretti. Hernanes was only fit for the Nerazzurri bench, but Mauro Icardi got his first start alongside Rodrigo Palacio. After two minutes Samir Handanovic punched away an Adem Ljajic free kick, then smothered a Gervinho volley on a Daniele De Rossi ball over the top. Ljajic turned Jonathan inside out only for his pass to flash across the face of goal with nobody able to tap in. Icardi volleyed wide, but claimed he was being dragged back by Mehdi Benatia. Inter are the only team without a penalty awarde ...
Line-Ups: Roma-Inter Roma host Inter tonight with Mattia Destro, Gervinho and Adem Ljajic facing Rodrigo Palacio and Mauro Icardi. It kicks off at the Stadio Olimpico at 19.45 GMT. The Giallorossi are flying high in second place and will hope leaders Juventus slip up away to Milan on Sunday night. Francesco Totti, Douglas Maicon, Dodo and Federico Balzaretti are out of action, so former Inter youth product Destro takes on his old club. He is supported by Gervinho and Ljajic, while Radja Nainggolan gets the nod ahead of Miralem Pjanic in midfield and Alessio Romagnoli is at left-back. It’s reported Manchester United have sent scouts to the Olimpico this evening to view defender Mehdi Benatia. Inter’s only absentee is Cristian Chivu, but Hernanes starts from the bench as he is still not 100 per cent fit after a muscular problem. The ex-Lazio midfielder knows this stadium and Roma very well indeed, so will have some valuable advice for Coach Walter Mazzarri. Ricky Alvarez takes over from Hernanes in the ...
Roma defender Mehdi Benatia is Manchester United's first choice to replace Nemanja Vidić at the club next season. (Sourc…
Manchester United are reportedly eyeing on Mehdi Benatia to replace Nemanja Vidic next season.
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Antonio Conte felt Juventus should not have had their goal disallowed in a “very balanced” Coppa Italia defeat to Roma. Gervinho got the decisive strike with 11 minutes left on the clock in tonight’s quarter-final at the Stadio Olimpico. “I think it was a very balanced encounter, that Roma scored perhaps in the moment we looked to be taking control,” the Coach told Rai Sport. “Both sides played well and studied their opponents. I am satisfied with the performance of those players who usually don’t play as much. “It’s a shame, as we conceded a goal during our best moment of the game. Our tactical plan was to stay solid and try to hurt Roma. We were perhaps a bit too timid in the first half, but at the same time I didn’t see us suffer particularly at the back. “An incident was decisive in a one-off game and Roma scored, whereas our goal was disallowed.” There were two incidents that Juve complained about, as Mehdi Benatia was booked for a foul on Sebastian Giovinco when the Bianconer ...
Yuto Nagatomo and Mehdi Benatia are the most prolific defeders of this Serie A with five goals each.
Mehdi Benatia is joint-top scorer for Roma in Serie A this season (5). The other is Aless. Florenzi, Kevin Strootman has 4.
Manchester United and Chelsea who need him more than the other . Mehdi Benatia
Di Natale adds another jewel to his collection (FIFA.com) Friday 29 November 2013 Share The suspense is mounting in the FIFA Puskás Award stakes, with ten players in the running to succeed last year's winner Miroslav Stoch. Make sure to register your vote by selecting your preferred candidate on FIFA.com or www.francefootball.fr. FIFA.com now takes a closer look at each of the ten fantastic strikes in contention for the 2013 prize. Antonio Di Natale has racked up hundreds of goals during his long career, but if he had to pick out just one after he finally hangs up his boots, the Italian forward's stunning volley for Udinese against Chievo would surely be near the forefront of his mind. He signed this particular masterpiece in the 31st round of Serie A matches last season, when I Zebrette were battling for a European place. The 35-year-old got his team up and running with one of the easiest goals of his career, pouncing on an error by Christian Puggioni – but there was nothing the goalkeeper could do to ...
Wait, Mehdi Benatia is injured for how long now?!!
Roma lose key duo to injury - Roma centre half Mehdi Benatia and midfielder Miralem Pjanic have both suffered in...
Mehdi Benatia should be fit for Sunday's trip to Bergamo vs. Atalanta.
Top 5 Africans who won’t be heading to Brazil The 2014 World Cup in Brazil looks set to be one of the greatest assemblies of talent that history has ever witnessed. The globe’s two outstanding players, Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, will both be present, as will the glorious all-conquering Spanish side. A star- studded Brazilian team will bring their own collection of characters, notably Neymar, the world’s most-promising player. Africa will also be strongly represented. The continent’s champions, Nigeria, will look to make a strong showing; the Cote d’Ivoire’s Golden Generation receive one final chance to leave a lasting international legacy; and Ghana possess a midfield that would be the envy of almost any other nation in world football. Cameroon, not to be outdone, boast Samuel Eto’o. He is, in my opinion, Africa’s greatest player of all time. However, while the likes of Gareth Bale and Zlatan Ibrahimovic will be missing from a European point of view, a number of big-name African s ...
Mehdi Benatia's injury status has to worry Roma fans. Would be a huge loss.
uDespte not being named in the training squad, Mehdi Benatia is at Trigoria this morning.
Man Utd step up interest in Roma defender Mehdi Benatia
will be pleased that Mehdi Benatia has won the Serie A Player of the Month award.
Mehdi Benatia is the leader of Roma defense (8W in a row,with only one goal conceded). also tonight a great match for him and his team,winning 2-0 vs naples. so,for our golden ball,mehdi is our third man in nomination for monday with zambian Chisamba Lungu and ghanaian Asamoah Gyan :) the other two will come from Champions League semifinals and the best of international matches of the weekend! stay tuned and follow us ;) (y)
- Tottenham and Chelsea look set to miss out on Mehdi Benatia, with the Udinese defender poised to join AS Roma. - Franco Di Santo and Maynor Figueroa are the first big-name departures from Wigan following relegation.
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- Sam Allardyce expects Jose Mourinho to come back to England an even better manager than the one who left if he returns for a second spell in charge of Chelsea. - Fulham are set to complete the signing of Ghana international Derek Boateng, Press Association Sport understands. - Wayne Rooney will hold talks with new boss David Moyes this week to determine if he still has a future at Manchester United. - Paolo Di Canio has been warned over his hard-line approach at Sunderland by the chief executive of the Professional Footballers' Association (PFA). - AS Roma have moved to the front of the queue for Udinese defender Mehdi Benatia, according to L’Equipe. - Turkish newspaper Fotomac has revealed that Besiktas are stepping up their efforts to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Tiago Mendes. - Striker Charlie Strutton has signed a new two-year deal with AFC Wimbledon. - Steaua Bucharest owner George Becali has been jailed for three years in Romania for abuse of power in his role as an MP. - Mame Niang is to go ...
-Chelsea interested to bring Angel Di Maria to the Bridge.but expect stiff competition from Inter Milan [Daily Express] -“If Chelsea want to sign me, then they need to come forward with a bid for me,” - Fellaini [Sky Sports] -Barcelona to try to sign David Luiz in the summer and will make a £21.5 million bid during the summer [Caught Offside] -Chelsea have been linked for a summer move for Alexis Sanchez who have been struggling this season [Talk Sport] -Chelsea planned a move for Reading youngster ,Alex McCarthy to replace Thibaut Cortouis if he leaves in the Summer [Daily Star] -Edinson Cavani is reportedly high up on the Stamford Bridge wishlist [Talk Sport] -Incredible Chelsea are apparently ready to launch a £35m bid for Brazilian midfielder Willian despite the fact he only moved from Shakhtar Donetsk to Anzhi little more than a week ago [Daily Mirror] -Chelsea are reportedly leading the race to sign the £12.8 million rated center half from Udinese ,Mehdi Benatia [ Talk Sport] -Chelsea are rep ...
Morocco drop Taarabt, Chamakh English Premiership duo Adel Taarabt and Marouane Chamakh have been left out of Morocco’s 2013 Africa Cup of Nations squad. Chamakh has been battling for game-time at Arsenal, while QPR midfielder Taarabt is omitted after allegedly refusing to meet coach Rachid Taoussi, despite saying he is desperate to play at the Nations Cup. However, Liverpool winger Oussama Assaidi will make the trip to South Africa, as will Aston Villa’s Karim El Ahmadi. The Atlas Lions are in Group A alongside hosts South Africa, Cape Verde Islands and Angola. MOROCCO SQUAD Goalkeepers: Nadir Lamyaghri (Wydad Casablanca), Anas Zniti (MAS), Khalid Askiri (Raja Casablanca) Defenders: Abderahim Chakir and Younes Bekakhdar (both FAR Rabat), Mehdi Benatia (Udinese, Italy), Issam El Adoua (Guimaraes, Portugal), Ahmed Kantari (Stade Brest, France), Abdelhamid El Kaoutari (Montpellier, France), Zakarya Bergdich (Lens, France) Midfielders: Karim El Ahmadi (Aston Villa, England), Adil Hermach (Al Hilal, Saudi ...
Tottenham target Mehdi Benatia set to sign with Napoli: Andre Villas-Boas knows that the long term success...
Mehdi Benatia limped out injured tonight against Liverpool.
Looks like a bad injury for Mehdi Benatia of Udinese. He came on as a second half sub & will be back in the sidelines again! -Dan
On the other hand, look much better in the second half with the addition of Mehdi Benatia
Basta (RB) and centre-backs Maurizio Domizzi and Mehdi Benatia have been ruled out for Udinese. 3 of their regular starting defenders.
Mehdi Benatia is facing a return to the Udinese team after undergoing his first group training session & is expected to feature diz weekend.
Mehdi Benatia: “However I am very flattered by the interest of the teams which have approached me.” INTER, MILAN & JUVENTUS all interested.
Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia has shut the door on Serie A’s top three clubs, saying he is committed to his contract at Udinese.
Arsenal FC, Man Utd target Mehdi Benatia 'very flattered' by interest in him -
Udinese star Mehdi Benatia has welcomed speculation linking him with a move to Man United during the January transfer window.
Udinese defender Benatia flattered by Inter Milan link: Udinese defender Mehdi Benatia is flattered by interest ...
Talk Sport is today reportingthat Chelsea target Mehdi Benatia is now on Spanish giants Barcelona’s radar as they are looking to tighten up their leaky defence.
There are reports (Sky Sport Italia) that Manchester United have opened talks with Udinese for Kwadwo Asamoah and Mehdi Benatia.
Italian newspaper reports say that SAF is interested in bringing the Udinese pair Kwadwo Asamoah and Mehdi Benatia...
Sir Alex Ferguson has sent his scouts to begin talks to sign Udinese duo Kwadwo Asamoah and Mehdi Benatia. [Football Italia]
According to Sky Sport Italia have made enquiries for Udinese duo Kwadwo Asamoah and Mehdi Benatia
Mehdi Benatia & Younes Belhanda are not on holidays. They have 2 games to play before.
Center midfielder Younes Belhanda and center defender Mehdi Benatia are on the Man Utd radar! :)
According to La Stampa, Napoli are interested in Udinese's Mehdi Benatia.
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