Juventus close to signing Bayern Munich's Medhi Benatia – reports

ESPN FC’s Paul Mariner looks into the latest rumours surrounding Medhi Benatia and Samuel Umtiti.

Medhi Benatia is set for a Serie A return with a move to Juventus, according to reports in Italy.

The Bayern Munich defender is reportedly on the verge of moving to the Bianconeri on loan, two years after leaving their Serie A rivals Roma to join the Bavarians.

Juve are short on numbers at the back, with Martin Caceres set to depart the club this summer.

But the move for Benatia would ease the pressure on the Italian trio of Andrea Barzagli, Giorgio Chiellini and Leonardo Bonucci.

Juventus are set to sign Bayern Munich defender Medhi Benatia according to reports in Italy.

Benatia, 29, will join on a season-long loan — according to Turin-based Tuttosport — in a deal which will include an option to buy the player if he makes a certain number of appearances.

The Morocco international has won two Bundesliga titles in Germany, but has struggled to settle and has managed just 46 appearances over the course of his two seasons in Munich.

Benatia made a total of 113 Serie A appearances in previous spells at Udinese and Roma, scoring 11 goals.

Ben Gladwell reports on Serie A, the Italian national team and the Bundesliga for ESPN FC, UEFA and the Press Association. @UEFAcomBenG.

The original version of this story which was published by ESPN can be viewed here.

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