Ismael Bennacer has been a relatively important player for AC Milan lately, certainly improving from what could be described as a slow start to the season. And with that in mind, a renewal is in the works for him.
Although Sandro Tonali is the only central midfielder that hasn’t made a fatal error yet, the competition in the middle has been very healthy for Milan and Stefano Pioli. The latter, indeed, has struggled with the selection.
Recently, Bennacer has stepped up (bar the error vs. Porto) and we have seen glimpses of the man that attracted strong interest from Man City. His current contract will expire in 2024 and Milan are working on a renewal, per Calciomercato.com.
This can also be said for Theo Hernandez and Rafael Leao, who have the same deadline. There is great optimism that an agreement can be reached with Bennacer, with the Rossoneri looking to sign him up until 2026.
Of course, the new deal would also entail a pay rise as the Algerian earns just €1.5m per season right now. Negotiations are well underway but the big hurdle, as before, is the €50m release clause that Milan want to remove. It could possibly be increased if that is what it takes to reach an agreement.