Reports yesterday suggested that Roma sporting director Walter Sabatini had flown to London to hold talks with Chelsea over a move.

But fresh reports coming out of Italy this morning suggest that Sabatini may also have held talks with United.

Indeed, it is suggested that the Red Devils have slapped £24m on the table in the hope of persuading Roma to sell.

Roma are thought to want closer to £30m - a figure that City reportedly offered two months ago - to part with Benatia but have admitted the Moroccan international could leave before the end of the transfer window.