Mehdi Benatia has issued a ‘come and get me’ plea to Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson after hearing of reports linking him with a £10m move to Old Trafford, writes the Daily Mail.
The Udinese centre-half has been a rock of consistency for the title chasing Serie A side this season and has attracted attention from Premier League heavyweights Manchester United and Chelsea. The West London club were understood to be monitoring Benatia prior to the January transfer window but opted to sign Gary Cahill from Bolton Wanderers for £7m when the market opened.
The Moroccan International failed to make the grade at Marseille’s youth academy as a teenager, and after two loan spells he found his way to another French club in the form of Clermont. After two seasons with the Ligue 2 side, Udinese signed Benatia in 2010 but only joined the following summer.
The 24-year-old has 3-years remaining on his current deal with the Bianconeri but after hearing of reports linking him with the Premier League Champions, Benatia admitted it would be a ‘dream come true’ to join United.
“To be linked with Manchester United is a dream come true,” said the centre-half, as reported in the Daily Mail.
“They are the biggest club in the world, and to have an opportunity to play at Old Trafford would be amazing, believe me.
“But I have a contract with Udinese, and they have to be happy before I can move.”
Benatia seems to have his heart set on a move to the Red Devils which is unlikely to go down well with his Italian employer’s but they could see cashing in on the £10m-rated defender as good business. Ferguson already has a good mix of experience and youth at his disposal in the centre-half positions but could be looking to the Moroccan to bolster his squad and add further competition for places.
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