Two of Europe’s biggest clubs have shown an interest in signing AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer, according to a report.
Calciomercato.com claim that Bennacer – who joined Milan from Empoli last summer for €16m – is not for sale as the management and the club’s ownership deem him an important pillar moving forward.
Official offers have never arrived for the Algerian, but both Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid have enquired through intermediaries, though they got nowhere with them.
Milan head coach Stefano Pioli is adamant that four players of starter quality are needed for the two holding midfield spots, and Milan are negotiating with Brescia for Sandro Tonali on the basis of a €10m loan with option to buy at €20-25m.
Paolo Maldini’s idea is to give Pioli Bakayoko and Tonali to go with Kessie and Bennacer. The plan is there, now it needs to be implemented.
Bennacer will remain at Milan at least until summer 2021, but next summer his €50million release clause comes into play, which may make the big clubs circle again.