Tuttosport: Milan consider rewarding €50m star with new deal to fend off Man City, Real Madrid

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are thinking about giving midfielder Ismael Bennacer a new contract already despite the fact his current one runs until 2024, a report claims.

Despite the arrival of Sandro Tonali during the summer, Bennacer has remained virtually immovable from Stefano Pioli’s first choice starting XI as he and Franck Kessie have formed an exceptional double pivot.

According to Thursday’s edition of Tuttosport (via MilanLive), the Milan management are aware of the progress that Bennacer is making in his overall game. He is becoming a very complete midfielder, able to win the ball back anywhere on the field and drive play forward, while at the same time receiving less yellow cards than in his early days at Milan.

The paper highlights that Bennacer is absolutely worth the €50million release clause included in his contract, which can only be exercised from summer 2021 and is valid exclusively for clubs abroad. In addition, the sum must be paid in a single amount – i.e. instalments will not be expected.

Milan are thinking of a renewal for the Algerian with a pay rise and a possible raise of the clause, which would be a proactive move to avoid being caught off guard in the next summer transfer market session, when some foreign clubs could come forward.

Real Madrid, PSG and Manchester City were all recently credited with interest in Bennacer by Calciomercato.com, showing that his exploits have not gone unnoticed.

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