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

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

Paolo Bruno

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.