Report: Arsenal and Manchester United to Miss Out on Medhi Benatia

Gill Clark@@gillclarkyFeatured Columnist INovember 10, 2018

TURIN, ITALY - NOVEMBER 03:  Medhi Benatia of Juvetus gestures during the Serie A match between Juventus and Cagliari on November 3, 2018 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Pier Marco Tacca/Getty Images)
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Manchester United and Arsenal will reportedly miss out on signing Juventus defender Medhi Benatia, as AC Milan have emerged as the favourites for his signature.

According to Dave Fraser at The Sun, Benatia is set to join AC Milan on loan in the January transfer window and will spend the rest of the season at the San Siro.

The deal will include an option to make the move permanent, with Benatia keen to move on after becoming frustrated with a lack of game time in Turin, per Fraser.

Benatia recently told La Stampa he is open to a move away from Juventus unless his situation at the club improves (h/t Football Italia):

"I'm struggling playing a game every now and then. Last year I did well because I had more consistency, unfortunately I don't have it this year.

"It's part of my job, and I work to always be ready, but it's not a pleasant situation. It's normal that I'm not enjoying it, I'm 31 and I want to play as much as possible. January? Let's see what happens, how I'm used, if Juve still need me, if Allegri wants me."

Mehdi Benatia of Juventus FC during the UEFA Champions League group H match between Juventus FC and Young Boys at the Allianz Arena on October 02, 2018 in Turin, Italy(Photo by VI Images via Getty Images)
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The 31-year-old has only made four Serie A starts this season. Juventus have plenty of defensive options, with Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, Andrea Barzagli and Daniele Rugani at the club.

AC Milan could be in the market for defensive reinforcements, as Mattia Caldara is out for three months with a torn calf muscle, according to Calciomercato.com (h/t Football Italia).

Mateo Musacchio is also set for up to two months on the sidelines with a knee problem picked up in the UEFA Europa League draw against Real Betis, per Goal's Ante Jukic.

Benatia could also find his chances at Juventus further limited in the future. The Italian champions are keen on signing highly rated Ajax defender Matthijs de Ligt, per Fabrizio Romano of Calciomercato.com.

A move to AC Milan could therefore suit both parties. It would provide the Rossoneri with experienced cover defensively while allowing Benatia the regular game time he is lacking in Turin.

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