Juventus have officially completed the signing of Moroccan international centre-back Mehdi Benatia on a season-long loan from Bayern Munich. The move sees Benatia make a swift return to Italy after originally joining Bayern from Roma last year.
Juve have confirmed that a loan fee of €3m is to be paid, while they also have an option to make the deal permanent for €17m, payable over two years, should they choose to do so before a 30th May 2017 deadline.
Benatia successfully underwent a routine medical at Juve’s in-house facilities on Thursday.
The French-born 29-year-old made his name in Italian football with Udinese after being plucked from relative obscurity in Ligue 2 after impressing with Clermont. He had previously started his career at Marseille, although failed to make the grade at first-team level.
Benatia spent just one year at Roma, scoring five times in Serie A in 33 appearances. It was his form for the Giallorossi that had several clubs interested in securing his signature, with Bayern eventually winning the race to seal a €26m deal.
The player ultimately failed to establish himself in Bavaria, largely as a result of injury. He was limited to just 15 Bundesliga appearances during his first season and then played just 14 times in the league in 2015/16.
He did, however, end the campaign with an increasing level of availability, playing nine times between March and May alone. That was after he’s missed the whole of September and October, as well as most of December and all of January and February.
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