The AC Milan management consider the investment made on Ismael Bennacer to be one of their best bits of recent business.
As Calciomercato.com notes, the Rossoneri parted with €16m to sign the Algeria international from Empoli in summer 2019 and after some initial teething problems he became the most impressive midfielder, eventually forming a devastating double pivot alongside Ivorian Franck Kessie.
Since his arrival at Milan, Bennacer has done nothing but raise the bar day after day and the turning point was when head coach Stefano Pioli decided to play two deeper-lying midfielders rather than sit Bennacer in front of the back four on his own.
Meanwhile, Sandro Tonali has also arrived to offer depth to the department and is a fantastic talent who Milan expect a lot from moving forward, but the club are in no hurry because of the guarantees that Bennacer and Kessie offer.
In terms of the transfer market, Milan have already made things clear: in Bennacer’s contract there is a €50million release clause, valid only for clubs abroad from June 2021 and that must be paid in a single instalment.