Transfer boost as £30m Man United and Chelsea target skips training

Roma defender Mehdi Benatia has skipped training amid interest from Manchester United and Chelsea, Metro reports.

Benatia is adding fuel to speculation that he is set for a move away from the Stadio Olimpico after the Moroccan missed Monday’s training session.

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Italian journalist Tancredi Palmeri caught wind of the news, and tweeted: “Benatia didn’t train with Roma today.”

Although the Italian club confirmed the former Udinese man went to the gym and underwent physiotherapy, reports have claimed Roma are attempting to keep Benatia in shape in order to avoid sustaining an injury before a potential Premier League medical.

Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are also interested in the 27-year-old, with the German side having made a £24million offer last week to replace the injured Javi Martinez.

Man United boss Louis van Gaal is expected to continue battling Bayern for Benatia’s signature, with defensive reinforcements a priority at Old Trafford.

However Argentina World Cup defender Marcos Rojo is set for a United medical this week, possibly opening the door for Chelsea to make a late swoop.