Juventus set to beat AC Milan to Benatia deal

The 29-year-old center back is likely to be confirmed in the coming days as Allegri’s latest recruit in Turin, while he will also keep young defender Rugani in the squad.

Bayern Munich defender Mehdi Benatia is set to move on loan to Juventus, after the Serie A champion pipped rival AC Milan and agreed to a temporary move. 

The Morocco international will sign with Juve on a 12-month deal, after the clubs agreed to the loan switch that also includes a purchase option worth 18 million euros ($20 million). 

Coach Massimiliano Allegri was keen to complete the transfer before his team sets off on a tour of Asia and Australia, and unless negotiations face an unforeseen final hurdle the ex-Roma player will be presented in Turin in the coming days. 

Benatia played 46 times for Bayern in two seasons at the Bundesliga club, scoring three goals. Despite forming a useful part of Pep Guardiola’s squad, the defender struggled to reproduce his best form at the Allianz Arena after wonderful spells at Roma and Udinese.

But with Martin Caceres having left Turin and the first-choice defensive line of Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Giorgio Chiellini advancing in years, Allegri has identified the Moroccan as a worthy backup while he continues to encourage the development of young star Daniele Rugani.

Benatia’s arrival, however, will not change the club’s stance on the 21-year-old, who is not for sale. Napoli is one of the teams that have shown an interest, but any inquiries from Maurizio Sarri’s team are likely to fall on deaf ears.

The original version of this story which was published by goal.com Serie A can be viewed here.

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