Mehdi Benatia is likely to leave Bayern Munich at the end of the season and is reportedly keen on making a return to his former club, AS Roma.
Morocco international has endured two difficult years at Allianz Arena, while Bayern Munich’s recent approach to sign Borussia Dortmund captain Mats Hummels having been seen as a clear message by Mehdi Benatia.
Arsenal are believed to be interested in signing the Bayern defender, but Benatia himself is keen to make a return to his former club AS Roma, and is even willing to accept a pay cut by 30% in order to realise the summer transfer to Serie A, according to Corriere dello Sport.
The Italian media reports that Benatia has been in contact with Giallorossi, who have been encouraged by the player himself to proceed with their interest and make an official move in attempt to bring the Moroccan international back to Stadio Olimpico.
The 29-year-old Mehdi Benatia joined Bayern Munich in 2014 in a €28 million deal. His stint with the German champions has been tampered with injury spells and the Moroccan defender only started 12 matches for Bayern this season and total of 19 appearances in all competitions.