Roma is trying to ward off Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur in their pursuit of Mehdi Benatia by placing a massive 50 million price tag on the defender, Metro reports.

Both Premier League clubs have declared their willingness to sign the Moroccan stay as Manchester City is also believed to be monitoring his situation.

However, Roma Sporting Director Walter Sabatini won’t make it easy for the English clubs to pry away his prized centre defender and also admitted his intentions of making sure he remains in Italy.

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“Benatia is a guy with sound principles – he didn’t want to take a step away from Roma fans or his team-mates,” Sabatini said.

“He has been completely coherent; he’s never played for himself, always with and for the team.

“‘Personally I think €30m [£25m] is the value of Benatia’s weak foot. If Benatia’s weak foot is worth €30m [£25m] then the total price would be €61m [£50m].

“Benatia is not for sale, unless someone comes to us with an offer of €61m [£50m].”

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