Manchester City's £25m bid would 'only buy Benatia's weak foot'

The Premier League champions are keen to bolster their backline this summer and spoke to Roma about a summer transfer, but the club's sporting director is holding out for £49m
Manchester City target Mehdi Benatia's weak foot alone is worth €30 million (£24m), according to Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini.

City are in the market for a marquee centre-back and tabled a £25m bid for the Morocco international last week.

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But Sabatini has claimed Benatia is worth a minimum of €61m (£49m), and insisted the defender does not want to leave the Italian capital.

“Benatia is a guy with sound principles: he doesn't want to take a step away from the Roma fans or his team-mates,” he told a press conference.

“Personally I think €30m is the value of Benatia's weak foot.

“If Benatia's weak foot is worth €30m then the total price would be €61n.”

When pressed on the prospect of Benatia leaving the club, Sabatini claimed that only a huge offer would convince Roma to sell.

“Benatia is not for sale, unless someone comes to us with an offer of 61 million,” he added. "With that we could improve the squad."

And Sabatini does not believe the star will press for a transfer, claiming he has “never played for himself” since joining the club from Udinese in 2013.

“Benatia has been completely coherent, he's never played for himself, always with and for the team,” he said.