According to reports, North London side Arsenal are allegedly preparing a £35.5million offer to complete the signing of Juventus star Medhi Benatia this winter as they could have a lot to spend.
The North Londoners are looking likely to sell Chile international Alexis Sanchez and German star Mesut Ozil this January transfer window instead of losing both stars for free and could kick-start their spree with a bid for Medhi Benatia, as per Sky Sport Italia, as translated by the British Publication Daily Express.
The Morocco international star is regarded as one of Europe’s top centre-backs, having shone like millions stars for Italian Serie A champions Juventus as well as his previous clubs Bayern Munich and AS Roma down the seasons.
There’s no question the Gunners could do with an acquisition of his calibre in defence this term, with France international defender Laurent Koscielny perhaps seeming past his peak and with Germany international defender Shkodran Mustafi struggling to maintain consistency.
Former Germany international defender Per Mertesacker is also ready to hang his boots at the conclusion of the campaign, so signing Benatia now could make a lot of sense.
The Express suggest the Premier League giants are set to offer £35.5million for the centre-half, and claim that might be good enough to persuade Serie A giants Juventus to let him leave.
The article goes on to state that the signing of the defender could be one of many this winter transfer window if Superstar duo of Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez, and other top players such as Theo Walcott and Jack Wilshere also depart the Emirates.