Schira announces Arsenal have submitted offer to sign unhappy Juventus star Benatia
Reports have claimed Arsenal have submitted an offer to sign unhappy Juventus star Mehdi Benatia this January.
Benatia is rated very highly across Europe as one of the most solid central defenders in Europe, and has been on the radar of a number of Premier League sides for the last few seasons, but a deal could simply not be done as he did not want to leave Juventus.
The defender was very happy at the Seria A Champions and it seemed that Juventus were more than happy to keep hold, but that all seems to be changing this season as Benatia has seen his game time limited.
And amid more speculation the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea are ready to reignite their interest this coming January transfer window, Gazzetta dello Sport journalist Nicolo Schira, the Gunners, along with Schalke, have submitted an offer to the 31-year-old’s entourage.
Schira’s tweet translates to: “Mehdi’s entourage #Benatia has received proposals from #Arsenal and #Schalke last few weeks: the Moroccan Central was ready to evaluate them, but for the #Juventus in January it is jam-able. In the summer instead probable the farewell #calciomercato”
Benatia admitted earlier in the season he would consider if his game time did not imporve, telling the CalcioMercato website: “I struggle to play with no consistency. I was doing well last season because I was playing on a regular basis. Now it’s not the same. This is my job and I always need to work hard to be ready to play but it’s a situation I don’t like.”
“I am 31 and I want to play as much as I can. Let’s see what happens in January, how many games I will play. Let’s see if Juve and Allegri need me. I am here to give my best and that’s what I will do until I’m here. If the mister will need me in the Champions League I will be ready.”
Could Benatia be a good buy for Gunners boss Unai Emery?
Emery spent a ton of money in the summer transfer window trying to build a defence that would be capable of challenging for more than just a top four spot, and although they managed to win eleven games on the spot, they are lacking that world class defender at the back.
And at the age of 31, Benatia has the expereince and quality to come in and make a real difference, if they can beat off the competition for his signature.