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Bayern Munich should sell Medhi Benatia and not just because Juventus want him

Juventus wants Medhi Benatia on a loan-to-buy contract. Bayern should pull the trigger.

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Medhi Benatia has been chronically unhealthy since joining Bayern Munich; the victim of incessant injury issues that have plagued him since his transfer to Roma. For his part, the Moroccan centerback has been reportedly set to leave since the winter break according to numerous reports in the Italian press over the last six months. And at this point given their roster state, Bayern Munich should sell him.

The newest reports come from Tuttosport and Corrie dello Sport in that Juventus are still trying to nab the Moroccan centerback. Benatia's injury history is a concern to Juventus who have offered Bayern Munich a loan option for next season with a €20M purchase option to be exercised next summer. This includes some talk of mirroring the deal alongside the €32M purchase option Bayern has on Kingsley Coman. The two sides are set to meet soon to discuss the transfer.

In case that loan and €20M purchase option move rings a bell, it's almost exactly the same deal that Bayern Munich almost agreed to over the winter with AS Roma. And almost the same deal that Juventus reportedly offered in March right before Benatia, you guessed it, went and got himself injured again.

From a wider team-centric perspective, Mehdi Benatia himself is farther down the depth chart than ever before. Bayern Munich have Jerome Boateng, Javi Martinez, and Mats Hummels as their primary centerbacks. Bayern Munich don't need to add two chronically injured, but when healthy stellar, center backs in Holger Badstuber and Benatia. Carrying one of those two is more than enough and when you add in David Alaba, Joshua Kimmich, and Xabi Alonso who can play the role in emergency situations, it's really worth selling the superfluous asset with the most value.In this case, that's Benatia.

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