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Kicker (in German) reported on Monday that Bayern's top choice to take over for Martinez in central defense is Mehdi Benatia.
If he is to move to Munich, the 27-year-old Benatia will come at a steep price. He has a contract with Roma that runs until 2018. What's more, following the big-money moves of the likes of David Luiz and Eliaquim Mangala earlier this summer, the market for center-backs is through the roof.
According to Kicker, Gazzetta dello Sport claims Roma turned down a €33 million offer for Benatia in June.
Incidentally, according to Spox (in German), Sky Italia are reporting that Benatia missed training on Monday.
While it could be because he is close to a transfer to Munich or elsewhere, he could simply be injured.
Update, Wednesday, August 20:
L'Equipe (h/t Express) reported on Wednedsay that Benatia's agent, Moussa Sissoko (not to be confused with the Newcastle player) was in Munich on Monday to discuss contract terms with Bayern and that the side came to an agreement.
The Bavarians allegedly tabled a €30 million bid on Tuesday, although Roma are said to be holding out for €35 million. At the same time, the Italian side are said to be working towards replacing Benatia with Manchester City's Matija Nastasic.
Update, Friday, August 22:
Bild reported on Friday that Benatia may cost Bayern €75 million in total. Roma are demanding €35 million, while the player's requirement is a wage of €8 million per year for a five-year contract.
Update, Saturday, August 23:
Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Spox, in German) reported on Saturday that Benatia's move to Bayern was a done deal. The paper claims Bayern and Roma reached an agreement on a transfer fee of €30 million, a compromise between the Germans' €25 million and the Italians' €35 million valuation.