Chelsea have been increasingly linked with a move for Benatia so the news that Roma are looking for £50m for the defender will not be welcomed at Stamford Bridge.
It seems the Italian club have taken the Luiz transfer as a precedent. This is not what Chelsea had hoped for. The club have been big supporters of Financial FairPlay and are eager to conform with its rules. Spending £50m on a replacement for Luiz was not in the budget and may force the club to look elsewhere. How much of this figure is just bargaining on the part of Roma remains to be seen.