Roma remain hopeful that they can hold onto the 27-year-old who has four years remaining on his current deal.

But Benatia is keen to renegotiate terms and has reportedly asked Roma to extend his contract until 2019 and double his wages.

The Serie A club are in no position to meet that demand, with manager Rudi Garcia revealing last week that he didn't want to see any of his players leave but also admit that Roma could not add to their current wage bill.

Indeed, while Roma are hopeful that they can fetch £32m for Benatia, it is thought that they may settle for a fee in the region of £28m rather than have an unhappy player on their books.

A fee in that region could well pique the interest of Manchester United, Arsenal or Manchester City, all of whom have been tracking Benatia's progress.

Barcelona are also interested in the player, and could beat the Premier League trio to the defender after his agent flew to Spain last week for preliminary talks with the Catalan club.