Arsenal transfer news: Gunners join Manchester United in race for £13million Juventus defender Medhi Benatia


ARSENAL are reportedly looking to snare Juventus defender Medhi Benatia to the Emirates in January as they leapfrog Manchester United in the hunt to sign him.

The Moroccan international is a peripheral figure under Massimiliano Allegri – featuring in just four Serie A matches this campaign.

 Juventus centre-back Medhi Benatia is reportedly attracting the interest of Arsenal

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Juventus centre-back Medhi Benatia is reportedly attracting the interest of Arsenal
 Moroccan international Benatia, 31, is not a regular starter for the Old Lady

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Moroccan international Benatia, 31, is not a regular starter for the Old Lady

And according to Italian news outlet Tuttomercatoweb, the Gunners are vying to bring him to North London in the winter transfer window as Unai Emery looks to build on his solid start with more defensive reinforcements

It has been claimed that the Old Lady are demanding just £13million for the 31-year-old with Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci and Andrea Barzagli all preferred instead.

SunSport previously reported how Jose Mourinho was keeping tabs on Benatia having failed to land a centre-back in the summer.

And the ex-Bayern Munich stalwart – who is tied down in Turin until 2020 – recently revealed he has grown frustrated of sitting on the bench.

 Gunners boss Unai Emery could dip into the winter transfer market to strengthen his squad

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Gunners boss Unai Emery could dip into the winter transfer market to strengthen his squad
 Benatia recently spoke of his frustration at sitting on the bench

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Benatia recently spoke of his frustration at sitting on the bench

Speaking to La Stampa, he said: "I'm struggling playing a game every now and then.

"Last year I did well because I had more consistency, unfortunately I don't have it this year.

“It's part of my job, and I work to always be ready, but it's not a pleasant situation."

While also adding: "It's normal that I'm not enjoying it, I'm 31 and I want to play as much as possible.

"January? Let's see what happens, how I'm used, if Juve still need me, if Allegri wants me.

"I'm available to the team, as long as I'm here I'll give my all. If I'm needed in the Champions League I'll be ready."

Arsenal get into training ahead of their match against Sporting Lisbon in the UEFA Europa League

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