Juve secure Benatia loan deal

Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has bolstered his defensive options with the capture of Medhi Benatia on a season-long loan from FC Bayern München.

The Morocco international won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in his two seasons at the Allianz Arena after making a switch from Roma in 2014.

But Benatia failed to establish himself as a first-team regular at Bayern and has decided to look elsewhere after the recent acquisition of Mats Hummels pushed him further down in the pecking order in central defence.

The 29-year-old defender arrived in Turin for a medical on Thursday before concluding a loan agreement with the Serie A champions, who have an option to make the move permanent for a fee of €17 million over a two-year period.

"Juventus finalized an agreement with FC Bayern Munich," read a statement on the Italian club's official website.

"Benatia will arrive on loan for €3m, pending international clearance. Juventus have an option to buy for €17m, payable in two installments, to be activated by May 30, 2017."

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