Arsenal Transfer News: Arsenal and Manchester City are said to be in competition to acquire Ismael Bennacer, a midfielder for AC Milan. FootballTransfers.com claims this to be true based on their sources. The competitiveness between the two clubs is anticipated to increase as they get ready for the summer transfer season.
Even as they fight it out for the Premier League championship, Arsenal and Manchester City are gearing up for a transfer market showdown over Bennacer. The Algerian international started his professional career with the Gunners from 2015 until 2017, making only one appearance before being sold to Empoli for €1 million. Bennacer joined Milan after his tenure there was deemed successful.
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta reportedly wants to bring Bennacer back to the Emirates if the club is unable to sign its top summer transfer targets. These are West Ham United’s Declan Rice and Brighton & Hove Albion’s Moises Caicedo. Caicedo is reportedly a top priority for Arsenal, a club not renowned for going into debt to acquire players.
Arsenal Transfer News: Arsenal and Manchester City are said to be in competition to acquire Ismael Bennacer, a midfielder for AC Milan
Pep Guardiola, manager of Manchester City, is also an admirer of Bennecer and has tried to recruit him in the past for a transfer to the Etihad Stadium. Since City’s top transfer target, Jude Bellingham is expected to go with Real Madrid, they consider Bennacer as a great replacement.
Bennacer has a release clause of about €50 million in his new contract with AC Milan. It is unclear which of the Premier League powerhouses will ultimately sign Bennacer.
According to reports, Arsenal is thinking of bringing Arsene Wenger, the club’s former manager, to the season finale against Wolves on May 28. If the championship race is close on the last day of the season, this is quite possible.
The Gunners were among the early-season favourites to win the Premier League, but a current skid of four games has dropped them to second place. They’re now second in the league, one point behind first-place Manchester City, who have a game in hand. Despite their dwindling championship hopes, the Gunners are holding out for a clash with City on the last day of the season.