Manchester City have agreed a deal to sign Roma centre-back Mehdi Benatia, but are sweating on the Serie A giants' ability to sign a replacement.

Manuel Pellegrini is exceptionally keen on the Moroccan defender after an impressive season at the Olimpico and is willing to unload £30million to secure his signing this summer.

But having qualified for the Champions League, Roma are in no rush to sell and will only let the wantaway Benatia depart if they can sign players good enough for a title challenge and to compete in Europe's top club competition.

One target for Rudi Garcia's men is River Plate centre-back Eder Alvarez Balanta, currently at the World Cup with Colombia.