Arsenal Tested the Waters for Bennacer in January

Milan might change a few pieces and retool their squad next summer, but Ismael Bennacer won’t be involved in the overhaul, despite some interest. The midfielder extended his contract till 2027 last January, and the Rossoneri fully plan to adhere to it, Calciomercato informs.

The maestro received an inquiry from Arsenal in the recent window. Before sealing the deal for Jorginho, the Gunners tried to bring him back, but they didn’t find an opening. The Algerian international spent time in their youth academy after moving from France. His traits would have met Mikel Arteta’s requests, but his departure was a no-go for the reigning Serie A champions.

Bennacer recently changed his agent, hiring Enzo Raiola, but that won’t affect his Milan future. The Rossoneri will have to tend to a few matters, starting with Rafael Leao and Brahim Diaz’s future, but the midfield will stay intact for the most part, especially in its top contributors.

The 25-year-old will feature again as a tactical no.10 in Wednesday’s clash with Napoli. The move paid big dividends in the previous game between the two sides, as he contained Stanislav Lobotka, the first source of offense for the Azzurri. The coach did something similar last season, often using Franck Kessié in such role with great results.

Our Take on Bennacer, Milan, and Arsenal

The Rossoneri are one of the rare teams where contracts do matter, so the fact that he renewed just over a year ago, committing long-term, means that he’s slated to stay put for multiple campaigns. Their sales are generally very telegraphed.

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