Arsenal are set for a quiet January transfer window with Unai Emery admitting funds are not available for a huge spending spree.
But they would like to sign a defender given the problems they have faced at the back this season and Hector Bellerin’s lengthy injury lay-off.
Arsenal will be limited to loan deals before the end of the month and there are a number of options available to them.
However, it seems they will have to scrap it out in order to get one of their apparent prime targets on board.
Italian outlet Tutto Mercato Web indicate Benatia is in Arsenal’s sights with a week of the window to go.
The Moroccan is said to be keen to quit Juventus for more game time having struggled for minutes this season.
And, aside from Arsenal, he has a number of admirers who would all be happy to offer him a route away from the Allianz Stadium.
Schalke and Borussia Dortmund are credited with interest to taking Benatia to Germany.
While Al-Duhail and Al-Ittihad, of Qatar and Saudi Arabia respectively, are eyeing him up too, say Tutto Mercato Web.
Marseille also remain eager to snap the 31-year-old up to reunite him with manager Rudi Garcia.
Benatia thrived under Garcia at Roma as he earned a move to Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich in 2014.
And Marseille want the duo to work together at the Stade Velodrome, where Benatia started his senior career.
Arsenal’s chances of snaring Benatia may rest on how big a loan fee they can offer to Juventus.
Although they could free up funds by selling Aaron Ramsey to the reigning Serie A champions.
Ramsey is expected to swap north London for Turin when his contract expires in the summer.
Juventus, though, are keen for him to arrive now so he can aid their bid to win the Champions League.
Arsenal might be enticed into letting Ramsey go for a fee this month to help fund the prospective deals for Benatia, as well as fellow targets Denis Suarez and James Rodriguez.