The transfer saga surrounding the Moroccan defender has gone on all summer, but it now appears as though it is finally reaching a conclusion.
According to La Gazzetta dello Sport on Thursday, Benatia turned down Roma's offer of €2 million a year plus a potential €500,000 in bonuses after his agent had met with Walter Sabatini earlier in the week to negotiate terms.
Sky Sport transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio suggested that the proposed wages were even higher, around €2.5m plus bonuses, although the feeling in the Roman media is that it is no longer a question of money for the former Udinese defender.
Di Marzio also reports that Roma are willing to negotiate on their €35m asking price. The room for negotiation is not likely to be large as they would prefer to keep Benatia, but Di Marzio suggests that if Bayern were to increase their offer to around €30m plus bonuses a deal could be done.
When Bayern coach Pep Guardiola was asked about the Moroccan's potential arrival as a replacement for injured Javi Martinez, the Spaniard simply replied "no comment".
Sabatini and general director Mauro Baldissoni are already in the UK as they keep their options open for a potential replacement, with Matija Nastasic of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur's Vlad Chiriches top of the list if Benatia leaves.