Man United could sign 31-year-old in January – report

Manchester United are interested in a deal to sign Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia, according to a report

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Manchester United are considering a move to sign Juventus defender Mehdi Benatia to solve their defensive problems under Jose Mourinho, according to a report in Italy.

The Daily Mirror cite a report in Italian media outlet Tuttosport that suggests the Red Devils remain interested in the Morocco international despite having been linked with the defender in the past.

The same article states that the 20-time English champions are looking to sign a “ball-playing” centre-half to address their problems at the heart of their defence.

According to the same story, Manchester United view the 31-year-old as a cheaper option to Mourinho’s preferred centre-half signings, Toby Alderweireld and Harry Maguire.

There can be little argument that Manchester United need defensive recruitments after a hesitant start to the Premier League season at the back.

Manchester United have already conceded 18 times in 11 Premier League games, while the Red Devils have only managed to win one of their opening three Champions League fixtures.

Mourinho has spent £60m on centre-halves since the Portuguese head coach took over the reins of the Old Trafford outfit from Louis van Gaal in the summer transfer window.

Eric Bailly proved a hit in his first season at the 20-time English champions but has struggled over the past 24 months to raise questions marks about his future.

After a slow start to his Manchester United career, Sweden international Victor Lindelof appears to have turned a corner at Manchester United over the past few months.

The 24-year-old has established himself as first-choice under Mourinho, while the Portuguese head coach appears to have settled on Chris Smalling as his centre-half partner in recent weeks.

Manchester United will take on Benetia and Juventus in their next Champions League fixture on Wednesday night when the Red Devils look to win for a third successive time in Turin.

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