Report: Roma Reject a €33m Bayern Munich Approach for Mehdi Benatia

Paolo Bruno

The Moroccan defender might be more than Bayern would be willing to pay for

AS Roma, runners up of Serie A, have rejected Bayern Munich's offer worth €33 million, according to Gazzetta dello Sport.

The paper is reporting that the club's sporting director, Walter Sabatini, has a €61 million valuation of Benatia, putting to rest the stipulation that kicker made in May that the 27-year-old Moroccan would be available for €25 million.

Chelsea and Manchester City are reportedly also in the running, the latter apparently ready to table €38 million.

Roma purchased Benatia for €13.5 million just a summer ago, a move that aided their title challenge. Benatia was one of the best defenders in Serie A a year ago, helping Roma concede the second-least amount of goals in Italy.

Bayern are also reportedly linked to SL Benfica's Ezequiel Garay as they continue their search for support at center back. David Luiz was also a rumored target, but Paris Saint-Germain astronomical €42 million price tag convinced Chelsea to send him to France – perhaps part of the reason Sabatini's valuation is so high.

The advantage of signing Robert Lewandowski and Sebastian Rode out-of-contract means that Bayern has a lot of money to spend, so breaking the bank a bit for a player like Benatia. That said, Bayern might have reached their price valuation, and may have to look elsewhere.

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