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Manchester United and Tottenham have scouted Udinese defender Mehdi Benatia for quite some time but Juventus have now become front-runners to sign the Moroccan in the January transfer window, reported TalkSPORT.
Benatia started his career at Marseille and spent loan spells at Tours and Lorient but after failing to break into their first team, the defender dropped down to Ligue 2 side Clermont. However, his performances at the French second division side attracted the attention of Udinese, who signed the 25 year-old in 2010.
The defender had been made aware of interest from Man United earlier this year and he had welcomed the idea of a move to the Premier League. United could reignite their interest in the centre-back especially as Sir Alex Ferguson has been running short of options in central defence this season.
Udinese will demand at least Â£15 million for their star centre-back and Juventus could be drawn into a bidding war, should United continue their pursuit of the Moroccan international. Udinese currently sit at 10th place in the Serie A and the Italian side would consider the opportunity to sell Benatia and re-invest the funds in rejuvenating their squad in January.
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