Roma complete Benatia transfer

Roma have completed the signing of Morocco international

defender Mehdi Benatia from Udinese for 13.5million euros.

Benatia, 26, has signed a five-year contract at the Stadio

Olimpico following three seasons with Udinese in which he made 72

league appearances, scoring five goals.

With permission from his former club, Benatia was allowed to

train with his new team-mates in Trigoria on Saturday before the

deal was ratified.

A statement published on asroma.it also confirmed the transfer

of midfielder Valerio Verre and striker Nicolas Lopez, both 19, to

Udinese.

Roma have received 2.5million euros for Verre with the sale of

Uruguayan Lopez netting the capital club one million euros.

Verre failed to make a senior appearance for the Giallorossi but

Lopez scored a late equaliser in a draw with Catania on his league

debut last August.