Metro have both Chelsea and Manchester United fans looking downcast here in the Football Transfer Tavern after they claimed Roma defender Mehdi Benatia would not be sold this summer.
Not only has the Moroccan international personally told fans to ‘relax’ and that he is ‘staying put,’ but Roma boss Rudi Garcia has even put his two cents’ worth in to the debate over the highly-rated defender’s future.
The Giallorossi boss claimed: “As far as I can see he has a four-year contract and that’s all that needs to be said.”
As our regulars note, Chelsea may have been heavily linked with the defender in a £30 million move, but we think the blow is greater to Manchester United who are in serious need of reinforcements at the back.
Top class defenders are few and far between in the current transfer window, especially after Borussia Dortmund’s Mats Hummels was made new club captain at the Bundesliga giants, effectively taking him off the market.
Manchester United fans. Who do you think van Gaal should look towards now? Is there anyone else you want?
Chelsea fans. Is this a blessing in disguise to stop you buying a player that you do not really need? Let us know your thoughts below.