Report: Club about to open contract talks with their 'world-class' player, after claims Arsenal could sign him
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Report: Club about to open contract talks with their 'world-class' player, after claims Arsenal could sign him

Arsenal are now less than a week away from returning to competitive action, when they welcome West Ham to The Emirates on Boxing Day.

It will be a test to see how the time cope without the injured Gabriel Jesus, with Eddie Nketiah expected to start in his place.

There will also be one eye on the January transfer window, and Alfredo Pedulla has provided an update on a potential Arsenal target.

The Gunners will be in the market for a forward to give Nketiah and Arsenal’s wingers more competition.

Right now, Shakhtar Donetsk attacker Mykhaylo Mudryk looks like the most likely candidate.

WARSAW, POLAND – 2022/11/02: Mykhailo Mudryk of Shakhtar seen in action during the UEFA Champions League Group Stage match between FC Shakhtar Donetsk and RB Leipzig at Marshal Jozef Pilsudski Legia Warsaw Municipal Stadium. Final score; FC Shakhtar Donetsk 0:4 RB Leipzig. (Photo by Mikolaj Barbanell/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images)

Arsenal have also wanted to bring in another central midfielder since the summer.

They missed out on a number of targets towards the end of the last window, but new names have since emerged in the last few months.

One of those is a player that already knows Arsenal very well; Ismael Bennacer.

The Algerian international was in Arsenal’s academy, but now plays for AC Milan.

And Alfredo Pedulla believe Milan want to open contract talks with Bennacer very soon to secure his future.

AC Milan to open contract talks with Bennacer imminently

CalcioMercatoWeb believe that Arsenal are getting ready to bid for the central midfielder very soon.

Previously described as a ‘world-class’ player, Bennacer would offer competition for Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka.

Arsenal aren’t the only Premier League team linked with Bennacer, as Chelsea and Liverpool are both also interested.

However, Alfredo Pedulla believe Milan are set to open contract talks with Bennacer very soon.

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This current deal runs out in 2024, and they certainly won’t want to lose him on a free transfer.

The report suggests AC Milan will try and organise several rounds of negotiations if they can’t agree a new deal quickly.

However, if Bennacer holds out, Arsenal and other clubs will think they’ve got an even better chance to sign him.

Milan want to offer the 25-year-old a deal worth €4m a year, which works out at just under £70,000-a-week.

It would make him one of the better paid players at the Italian champions, but shows they can’t compete with the wages Premier League sides can offer

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