Date: 12th August 2014 at 8:39am
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The quest to fill the void left at the heart of our defence following the departures of Nemanja Vidic and Rio Ferdinand continues.

The start of the new season is less than a week away but still, as far as the centre of our defence is concerned, there has been no influx of new, world-class talent.

One name put forward as a potential acquisition is that of the AS Roma centre-back Medhi Benatia.

At 27 years of age Benatia is in the prime of his career and although he still has four years left on his current contract the belief is there that the Moroccan international could be acquired for a fee in the region of £30 million.

His defensive work last season saw him acknowledged, by many, as the best centre-back in Serie A and there`s no doubting that he would be a valuable asset to our club.

But, we do appear to have a rival for his signature with it also being suggested that Chelsea are keen to take the player from Rome to London.

More worryingly, Chelsea hold that trump card of being able to offer the play Champions League football if he does decide to opt for London rather than Manchester!