Clubs chase Ismael Bennacer's signature

Clubs chase Ismael Bennacer's signature
Torino's Sasa Lukic (L) in action against AC Milan's Ismael Bennacer

by Bertin Basson

Friday May 22, 2020. 13:00

Several of Europe’s biggest clubs are reportedly keen on luring Ismael Bennacer away from AC Milan ahead of the 2020/21 season.

According to Foot Mercato, the Algeria international has attracted interest from both Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain.

Pep Guardiola is said to be a huge admirer of the 22-year-old who has impressed in his first season at the San Siro. He has made 23 appearances for the Serie A club this season after joining them from FC Empoli in August.

The former Arsenal midfielder was named as the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Player of the Tournament after helping Algeria to the continental crown. Bennacer played youth football for France before committing his allegiance to Algeria for whom he has won 22 caps since making his debut four years ago.

Bennacer played just the one game for Arsenal’s first team in 2015 before moving to Italy on a permanent deal three years ago.

Riyad Mahrez, who captained Algeria to Afcon glory in Egypt last year, currently plies his trade for City.

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