Manchester United are readying another bid to try and sign Ismael Bennacer from AC Milan this summer, according to a report.
According to a report from Competition in Algeria, Bennacer has put the extension of his contract at Milan on hold as he is not best pleased about the fact that he was largely on the bench for the last few games of the season in the run-up to the Scudetto win.
Manchester United have come forward and expressed an interest which has turned Bennacer’s head, especially because they can surpass the €3.5m net per season that the Rossoneri management have offered.
United will first offer defender Victor Lindelof as a bargaining chip as per the report and if Milan refuse this proposal, the Red Devils ‘will then be forced to take out the chequebook’.
Paolo Maldini is determined to extend the contract of Bennacer and also to include a higher release clause in the new contract but if he refuses, Milan will be happy to pocket the €50m of his current release clause and prevent another player from the squad leaving for free after Gianluigi Donnarumma, Hakan Calhanoglu, Franck Kessie and possible Alessio Romagnoli.
Moussa Sissoko, Bennacer’s agent, will negotiate firmly with Milan and their new owners RedBird Capital with a higher demand than the €3.5m per year tabled. Bennacer had considered leaving last year as per the report, with Maldini telling him he could leave in 2022 after a season in the Champions League.