Real Madrid have approached AS Roma for defender Mehdi Benatia.

Il Tempo says Real coach Carlo Ancelotti is concerned about his defensive options and recommended Benatia to president Florentino Perez.

Benatia was keen on a move to England, but has seen interest from Manchester City and Chelsea dry up.

Real's approach hasn't gone further than opening enquiries, but developments could soon accelerate.

The European giants have been warned that AS Monaco intend to bid for Pepe - and should the Portugal defender be sold, Real will bid for Benatia.

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