Transfer News: Arsenal And Man Utd Linked Mehdi Benatia Signs With Bayern Munich
By Mark Wayne Eubank | August 28, 2014 9:59 PM EST
Highly rated defender Mehdi Benatia, who was linked with Arsenal and Manchester United, has already signed with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich.
Bayern Munich's new player Mehdi Benatia attends a news conference at Bayern Munich's headquarters together with the club's media director Markus Hoerwick, CFO Jan-Christian Dreesen and sporting director Matthias Sammer (R-L) in Munich, August 28, 2014.
The former AS Roma man signed a five-year contract with Die Roten, with a reported transfer fee of £23million.
"It's a great opportunity for me," the 27-year-old said.
"I'm playing for one of the biggest clubs in the world now."
He helped the Giallorossi to a second place finish last season in the Serie A, which booked them a group stage slot in the Champions League.
Meanwhile, sporting director Matthias Sammer was pleased with what had transpired as he sees Benatia to be a key defensive man, who will be fielded in in lieu of injured Javi Martinez.
"I'm delighted Mehdi has decided to join us," said Sammer.
"He's strong, tough in the tackle and a good passer of the ball. He has all the attributes to help him succeed at FC Bayern."
Most Popular Slideshows
Join the Conversation
- Dionesian ‘Hex’: Pacquiao’s Secret Weapon Behind His 8 Titles
- ESPN Anchor Skip Bayless Says Floyd Mayweather Jr Will Not Fight Manny Pacquiao Because Undefeated Fighter Is ‘Afraid To Lose’
- Chris Algieri Exposed, Criticised For Lack Of Desire To Win Against Manny Pacquiao
- Arum Says Pacquiao's Victory vs Algieri May Cause Mayweather To Say ‘No’ To Dream Match
- Boxing News: Manny Pacquiao 'Ready' To Fight Floyd Mayweather In 2015 Following Algieri Win
- Russia's New Tactical Nuclear Weapons Program Growing Confident Against the US: Talks of World War III
- Apple and Google Engage in Thermonuclear War, New Google Translate Chat App in the Works
- Kobani ISIS Fighter Sends Out Desperate Message For Prayers And Support: Euphoria Turns Into Desperation As Kurds Advance
- Chris Algieri’s Battered Face Trends On Social Media
- Home Depot Early Black Friday 2014 Sale Up To Nov. 29, 2014 Includes Special Buys On Appliances Such As Samsung Refrigerators, Whirlpool Electric Ranges And Hoover Vacuum Cleaners
- Highest Paid NBA Players 2014: NBA Stars Who Earn More Than LeBron James
- Walmart Offers the Best 2014 Black Friday Deals on iPhone 6, iPad Ai2 & Other Gadgets – Reports