Arsenal are lining up a bid for Bayern Munich centre-back Medhi Benatia, according to French site RMC Sport.
The 29-year-old Morocco international was heavily linked with the Gunners back in 2014 only to be lured from Roma to the Allianz Arena in a deal that cost the Bavarian giants €26 million.
Benatia made 22 appearances in his first season at the Allianz Arena but only featured 16 times during Bayern’s latest Double triumph. He’s said to be frustrated by his lack of game time and has also been linked with a return to Serie A.
Born in France, the defender started his career at Marseille before dropping down to Ligue 2 Clermont. In 2010 he secured a free transfer to Udinese and after three years switched to Roma where he was fundamental to Rudi Garcia’s back four.
The Gunners are on the brink of announcing a deal for Borussia Moenchengladbach’s Granit Xhaka and are known to be on the lookout for defensive and attacking acquisitions.
We suspect there’s a bit of agent play at work here, although the reliable Get French Football News seem to think there’s some truth to it.
All eyes on the poo-o-meter.