• Transfers: Benatia-Bayern reports split

    (Football Italia) Speculation is split on whether or not this is Mehdi Benatia’s final day at Roma, and the progress of talks with Bayern Munich.

    Reports are once more gathering pace that the 27-year-old, who has been linked with a host of clubs this summer, is on his way out of the Stadio Olimpico.

    Talk is currently of an offer arriving from Bayern Munich for €30m, whilst rumours in the UK are that Arsenal are pressing for the Morocco international too.

    Following on from this, Sky Sport Italia are now reporting that Benatia will not be included in the squad to fly out to Athens for tomorrow’s friendly with AEK.

    The growing consensus in Italy is that the player is at Trigoria training with his teammates for the last time today, before likely completing a move away.

    The offer from Bayern is seen as most prevalent and is even suggested by some outlets as having already been accepted by Roma, with Benatia now ready to fly out to Germany to negotiate personal terms and complete formalities.

    Conversely, however, come reports from Sport1 and Bild in Germany, where the suggestion is that talks between Bayern, Roma and the player over the total spend have stalled.

    Benatia is seen by these outlets as asking for €8m gross in salary on a five-year contract, against a Giallorosso asking price of €35m. The Bavarians apparently want money spent on this deal to not exceed €75m.

    Manchester City, Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea have all previously been linked with Benatia during the summer.

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  • Transfers: Benatia to Bayern imminent?

    (Football Italia) Speculation continues to grow that Roma may sell Mehdi Benatia to Bayern Munich, and he could be out by the end of the weekend.

    Rumours have emerged in recent days that the German champions have come in with an offer for the 27-year-old, who this summer has also been linked with Manchester City, Barcelona, Manchester United and Chelsea.

    Whilst Pep Guardiola and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge have refused direct comment on the matter, speculation is that an offer of an initial €25m has come in and that with bonuses, Roma could receive a total of €30m.

    The Corriere della Sera are reporting this, whilst Il Messaggero believe that negotiations could be run through fast enough to see the centre-back say goodbye to teammates over the weekend.

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  • Transfers: Mounir El Hamdaoui could leave Italian club

    (Sky Sports) Mounir El Hamdaoui's agent has hinted that the forward may not play for Fiorentina anymore.

    The former Tottenham Hotspur man joined the Italian club in July 2012, but was loaned out to Spanish outfit Malaga last season after just one year in Florence.

    The Morocco international is back at Fiorentina, but his agent Sigi Lens has said that his client could leave on a permanent basis before the end of the summer transfer window.

    "We are working to find an appropriate situation for Mounir," he told Tuttomercatoweb.com. "We are alert, but at the moment there is nothing concrete.

    "Return to Eredivisie? There have been some contacts, but I rule out that Mounir can return to the Netherlands. There are chances in France, such as in Spain, Portugal and England. We are working about it."

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  • Guardiola: Benatia? No comment

    (Football Italia) Pep Guardiola has refused to comment on rumours that Bayern Munich will make a bid for Mehdi Benatia.

    Rumours earlier today suggested that the Bundesliga champions were preparing to make a €35m move for the Roma defender.

    But the Spanish Coach has insisted that he won’t talk about speculation.

    “Benatia? I do not want to say anything about that,” he briefly told reporters.

    Sky Sport Italia have insisted that the centre back looks to be on his way out of Stadio Olimpico after failing to accept the club’s offer of a new contract.

    Bayern however, are currently deciding whether to pursue Benatia or go for Atletico Madrid’s Diego Godin.

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  • U23: Morocco to play two friendlies with Egypt U23, both in September 2014

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco U23 will play two friendlies with Egyptian Olympic team in September 2nd and 6th at Complexe Sportif in Fes.

    Morocco are warming up for the Olympics 2016 qualifiers.

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  • Transfers: Roma take Benatia off market?

    (Football Italia) Mehdi Benatia could be taken off the market, as his agent met with Roma today to improve his wages.

    Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich were all determined to sign the Moroccan international for at least €30m.

    However, Sky Sport Italia and the Gazzetta dello Sport claim agent Moussa Sissoko met with Giallorossi director of sport Walter Sabatini this afternoon.

    It’s reported the club agreed to increase his wages with a new contract deal, which is what Benatia had wanted in May.

    The defender said he had been promised an improved salary, but demanded a transfer after that did not happen.

    A move to Manchester City collapsed at the last minute.

    Benatia currently earns around €1.25m per season and is set to receive closer to €3m for a contract that runs to 2018.

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  • Transfers: Benatia renewal talks scheduled?

    (Football Italia) It is reported that Mehdi Benatia’s agent will hold talks with Roma over the possible renewal of his client’s contract.

    The Moroccan defender has been linked with a big money move away from Stadio Olimpico all summer, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Bayern Munich the latest clubs to be heavily linked with him.

    However, respected journalist Gianluca Di Marzio now reports that Moussa Sissoko will meet with Giallorossi officials over the next few days to discuss a new and improved deal for his client, who only moved to the Italian capital last year.

    It is also said that Sissoko held talks with the German champions a few days ago as he attempts to discover what the Allianz Arena side’s intentions are.

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  • U20: Training camp ahead of Qatar Tournament

    (TheAtlasLions.com) U20 national team will hold a training camp in Maamoura (between August 21st and 24th) as the young Moroccan prepare for the upcoming tournament due to be held in Qatar between September 2nd and 9th, 2014.

    Coach Abdellah El Idrissi has called up the following 22 players:

    01-BASSKER NOUREDDINE - RCA

    02-SEBBAR WALID - RCA

    03-ARJOUNE OMAR - RSB

    04-MOUTARAJI ZOUHER - WAC

    05-CHEMSEDDINE MOUAD - WAC

    06-MAJID AYMANE - FUS

    07-BERQUI ACHRAF - FUS

    08-GHARGHAYE SOUFIANE - FUS

    09-HAJJOUB ZAKARIA - FUS

    10-LOUANI AMINE - FUS

    11-JBIRA YASSINE - ALMERIA

    12-SAMIKI MOUHSSINE - TSS

    13-MOZDAHIR BADEREDDINE - DHJ

    14-BOULDINI MOHAMMED - RB

    15-KHABBA HAMZA - FAR

    16-ACHRAF SIDKI - AMF

    17-BOUTAGHRASSA SAMIR - MAT

    18-SAOUD MOHAMMED - MAT

    19-MAROUANE MOHAMMED - MCO

    20-TAGNAOUTI AHMED REDA - HUSA

    21-AOUK BADII - HUSA

    22-BOUZALMAT ABDELKARIM - HUSA.

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  • U23: Training camp in September

    (TheAtlasLions.com) Morocco U23 national team will hold a training camp in Rabat between August 31st and September 7th as preparation for the upcoming Olympics 2016 qualifiers.

    Coach Hassan Benabicha has selected 26 players.

    Here is the squad list:

    1-BENACHOUR BADREDDINE - WAC

    2-MOUATAMID HAMZA - OCK

    3-ZAIDI YOUNES - U.TEMARA

    4-BOUTAYEB OMAR - CAYB

    5-QASMI AYOUB - WAC

    6-SAIDI MOHAMED - WAC

    7-BENOUN BADR - RSB

    8-EL ASBAHI ANAS - WAC

    9-MOUFADDAL MEHDI - HUSA

    10-EL KARTI WALID - WAC

    11-ENNAFFATI ADAM - FUS

    12-ATI-ALLAH OMAR - RSB

    13-ELBAHJA SOUFIANE - KACM

    14-ESSAIDY YOUSSEF - RSB

    15-EL OUADY ABDELKBIR - RCA

    16-BOULAHROUD BADR - FUS

    17-LAMRABAT ANAS - MAT

    18-JAADI NABIL - UDINESE (Italy)

    19-ACHAHBAR KARIM - GUINGAMP (France)

    20-HAFIDI HAMZA - ANGERS (France)

    21-KAABOUNI YOUNES - BORDEAUX (France)

    22-AMRABAT SOUFIANE - UTRECHT (NL)

    23-HAMDI MOHAMED - MONACO (France)

    24-HAJHOUJ REDA - WAC

    25-BENALI YOUSSEF - TOULOUSE (France)

    26-MAKAHAZI MOHAMED - MAT.

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  • Transfers: Bayern deny Benatia reports

    (Football Italia) Bayern Munich deny reports their director is in Italy for Mehdi Benatia, so Manchester United and Chelsea still have hope.

    This morning German newspaper Bild and Sport 1 had announced Bayern technical director Michael Reschke was flying in to Rome for negotiations.

    The Roma centre-back is valued at a minimum of €30m and that price-tag could escalate amid a bidding war between Bayern, Chelsea and Manchester United.

    However, this evening Bayern sources told another German paper, Suddeutsche Zeitung, that Reschke was not in Italy after all.

    The situation remains in the balance, but it’s increasingly likely Roma will part with Benatia to raise funds for other transfers.

    Manchester United and Bayern Munich are both desperate to pick up a defender, as Louis van Gaal is unimpressed with his selection and Bayern have lost Javi Martinez for seven months to a knee injury.

    Meanwhile, the Corriere dello Sport claimed this evening that Manchester United were considering another emergency alternative in the form of Milan veteran Philippe Mexes.

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