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Report: Arsenal make their move to sign ‘pivotal’ league champion likened to Santi Cazorla

Giuseppe Labellarte

Arsenal have been linked with AC Milan’s Ismael Bennacer in recent days.

A report from CMW claimed that the Gunners have been plotting a cash-plus-player deal for the Algeria international.

Meanwhile, Algerie Football Media‘s Twitter account claimed that Arsenal, Liverpool and Chelsea are eyeing Bennacer.

Arsenal linked with Ismael Bennacer
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Now, a report from Gazzetta dello Sport – via Sport Witness – has claimed that the Gunners have actually made contact over the 24-year-old.

Apparently, Arsenal and Chelsea have got in touch to potentially find out whether Bennacer would want a move.

The midfielder’s contract runs until 2024, meaning his price could start dropping soon. However, Milan are apparently working over a contract renewal.

The report adds that there’s the possibility the presence of Arsenal and others could pressure the Italians into offering higher wages than they otherwise would have.

Arsenal target Bennacer – factfile

The Gunners have been linked with a number of midfielders in recent months, including Danilo and Youri Tielemans.

Bennacer was previously on Arsenal’s books, though he only made one senior appearance for the North Londoners.

Arsenal Training Session
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He has developed into a top player since then, so you could understand why the Gunners may want him back.

Total Football Analysis published an in-depth scouting report about Bennacer, with an excerpt featured below.

‘The Rossoneri midfielder has played a pivotal role in their tactics and has helped them maintain consistency to be able to get back to the Serie A leading positions despite the limited playing minutes he got last season,’ they wrote.

‘While there were concerns over the team’s midfield performance after Hakan Çalhanoğlu’s and Franck Kessié’s departures, they have managed to keep the high level of discipline thanks to Bennacer.

‘The Algerian’s passing abilities and movement help for a cohesive performance in possession and create a balance between the lines which is key for their success in attack.

‘His impact out of possession shouldn’t be underestimated as well. As he supports the team’s pressing efforts successfully and frequently prevents them from conceding dangerous attacks.’

On Twitter, fans have likened Bennacer to the likes of Santi Cazorla, Lucas Torreira and Gennaro Gattuso.

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