According to multiple reports, including Goal Italia, Medhi Benatia will likely return to Serie A in the next few days.
The reports say Benatia is on his way to Turin for a medical ahead of a switch from Bayern Munich to Juventus. The deal will reportedly be a season-long loan with an option to buy, with the total price of the loan and purchase costing Juventus around $22 million. The purchase option would reportedly become mandatory after a certain number of appearances.
The deal makes sense for both sides. Bayern Munich has added Mats Hummels from Borussia Dortmund this summer, and Holger Badstuber is once again healthy to go along with Jerome Boateng and Javi Martinez. Meanwhile, Juventus has already seen Martin Caceres leave following the expiry of his contract, and there is the possibility that Leonardo Bonucci could depart following an exceptional showing in Euro 2016.
While this deal has been in the works for some time, there were last-minute rumors that AC Milan could make a play for the 29-year-old, which might have been attractive for Benatia given he wouldn’t be competing with Bonucci, Georgio Chiellini, and Andrea Barzagli for a starting spot, but that seems to have been for naught.
Benatia spent much of his time at Bayern either injured or watching from the sidelines, appearing just 46 times across all competitions in two seasons, and making no more than five league appearances in a row at any time. He arrived at Allianz Arena from Serie A in 2014, where he spent four years between Udinese and Roma.