Report: Qatar club pursue a deal for Juventus’ Medhi Benatia

Qatar Sports League club Al Duhail have reportedly set made an offer for Juventus defender Medhi Benatia

The Moroccan centre-back is understood to be considering a highly lucrative proposal from Al Duhail, who have allegedly made a €10m bid to Juventus.

Al Duhail, who are coached by Jose Mourinho’s former assistant Rui Faria, are keen to add Benatia to their ranks as they bid to overhaul Al Sadd for the top spot in the Qatar Sports League.

Currently, Faria’s side trails the league leaders by a single point after 15 games.

Now Gianluca Di Marzio reports that Juventus are considering whether or not to accept the offer.

The Bianconeri value Benatia at around €10m, but will only likely be able to sanction the transfer if they can find a replacement in time.

Benatia has been at Turin since 2016 after arriving from Bayern Munich on an initial €3m loan deal before Juventus snapped him up on a permanent one for €17 a year later.

But the Morrocan has made just six appearances in all competitions this season and recently took to social media to express his frustrations.

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“In this difficult time, many of you leave me messages of support, and I thank you for it!” Benatia wrote on Instagram.

“I particularly want to pay a tribute to the Moroccans of the world who take the time to write to me!

“As I can not answer everyone, I confirm that there is no place for doubt and that we must continue to move with our heads held high because a LION never dies, he sleeps.”

Speaking on the 31-year-old leaving Juventus at the end of December, manager Massimiliano Allegri insisted he remains a big part of his plans.

“I do not think he will go away, he is an important player,” said Allegri.

“He has played six games, on some occasions he was not well, but to let him go would be madness.”

However, considering that Benatia hasn’t played for Juventus since conceding a penalty against AC Milan on November 11, a winter exit could well be on the table.

Arsenal have also been linked with Benatia, whose contract at Juventus expires in June 2020.

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