Juventus have exercised their option from Medhi Benatia’s loan contract and signed the defender for a permanent deal from Bayern Munich, the club announced today through their website. The Italian giants paid €17 million for Benatia, who has made 18 appearances this season.
“A new milestone in the journey of Medhi with Juventus. A journey that will travel together (at least) three more seasons,” the club announced after signing up Benatia until June of 2020. The Moroccan international has been limited to a bench role this season due to Giorgio Chiellini, Leonardo Bonucci, and Andrea Barzagli occupying the starting spots at the heart of defense. However, he has come up in big moments for the club when called upon, such as scoring an opener against AC Milan back in March.
Benatia first came on to the scene after impressive performances for Roma in 2013/14 season. He was chased by likes of Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester City, and Chelsea — before Bayern snapped him up for a a fee of €26 million. However, he found life difficult at Munich and was unable to claim a starting spot, and came back to Italy to resurrect his career.
Meanwhile, this is another recent transfer deal made between Juventus and Bayern. The two have been doing business together a lot lately, with Kingsley Coman just purchased by the Bundesliga club last month. Arturo Vidal also left Juventus for Bayern back in 2015, while the Italians are interested in bringing in Douglas Costa who is unsettled in Munich.