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Chelsea BLOCK Man City's move for Mehdi Benatia with £18m bid PLUS Romelu Lukaku

Reports coming out of Italy claim
that Jose Mourinho is desperate to
bring the Morocco international to
Stamford Bridge, and Il Messaggero
believes he is prepared to do
whatever it takes to stop the
strong centre-back from joining
Manuel Pellegrini's side.
City are yet to agree a fee with
Roma for Benatia despite sorting
out personal terms with the player,
but will now have to table an offer
of at least £38million if they want
his signature, as Lukaku is valued
by the Blues at around £20million.
Despite strong interest from
Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester
United, it now appears that
Chelsea are in pole position to sign
the former Udinese man.
The move is sure to infuriate
Pellegrini, who has endured a
tempestuous relationship with
Mourinho ever since the two
butted heads during their time in
La Liga.
The Chilean is keen to bring
Benatia to the Etihad as he
searches for someone worthy of
partnering club captain Vincent
Kompany in the heart of defence,
and may have to turn his
attentions to Porto star Eliaquim
Managala if Benatia agrees a move
to west London.

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Posted By bobricky On 05:39 Fri, 30 May 2014

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