Updated: Morocco defender Benatia joins Bayern Munich

Ahram Online, Tuesday 26 Aug 2014

Bayern Munich reach a deal with AS Roma to sign Morocco's Mehdi Benatia

Mehdi Benatia
Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia (Photo: Reuters)

Bayern Munich have agreed a deal to sign Morocco defender Mehdi Benatia from AS Roma, the German giants said on Tuesday.

Sky Sport Italia said the Bavarians will pay 26 million euros and a further 4 million dependent on bonuses as they bolster their backline after versatile midfielder Javi Martinez, who can also play as a centre back, suffered a knee injury that will rule him out of action for several months.

"DONE DEAL: #FCBayern and @OfficialASRoma have agreed the transfer of MEHDI BENATIA (27)! Defensive ace set to sign a 5-year contract," Bayern said on their Twitter feed.

Benatia has been one of Roma's most consistent performers since joining from Udinese in the summer of 2013.

The 27-year-old caught the eyes with some solid displays at the heart of Roma's defence as they finished as runners up in the Italian Serie A last season.

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