Report: Guardiola makes personal phone call in bid to beat Man Utd to €50m Milan star

By Oliver Fisher -

Both Manchester clubs want to sign AC Milan star Ismael Bennacer in the upcoming transfer window, according to a report.

Bennacer joined from Empoli last summer and has been one of the shining lights in a difficult season for the Rossoneri, earning a spot in the starting XI and never looking back while forming an effective double pivot with Franck Kessie.

According to La Gazette du Fenec, Manchester United and Manchester City are both keen on signing the 22-year-old when the window reopens.

Bennacer has a release clause worth €50million but it is not active until next year, meaning the Rossoneri are able to set their own asking price, although they are not expected to sell.

Pep Guardiola has apparently called the player personally to talk to him about a move to the Etihad Stadium, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer views Bennacer as the ideal replacement for Andreas Pereira who could be allowed to leave this summer.


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  1. Martin Bernhard says:

    No idea why stories about affiliates from different clubs are talking with players often sees the light of day when its infact against regulations to talk with other clubs players without the consent of the owning clubs. Milan wants to keep benaceer and if his buyout clause actually only is redeemable from 2021 man city would be breaching regulations and could find themselfs in a heap of trouble if they infact was talking with the player behind ac milans back.

    1. Martin Bernhard says:

      small clarification : Atleast if not a release clause are met or a player has less than half a year contract left or an offer is accepted by the owning club.

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