Bayern Munich are believed to have made a move to sign Mehdi Benatia from Roma despite huge interest from Manchester United as well as Chelsea, Metro report.

With the Bundesliga champions seeing makeshift centre-back Javi Martinez out with a long-term injury, they have turn their attentions to the Moroccan defender to replace him.

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There was a lot of speculation regarding a move for the 27-year-old to make a switch to the Premier League, but with the German side joining the race late on, they currently look the favourites.

Rumours suggest both United and the Blues have been in contact with Benatia’s agent over the potential transfer but without any advanced talks, everything is said to be put on hold.

The player has had a very impressive season in the Italian Serie the past season and is now regarded as one of the best defenders in the league.