Report: Arsenal table £34m offer to sign midfielder that left Emirates back in 2017

Italian outlet CMW claim that Arsenal have made an offer of £34million to re-sign Ismael Bennacer from AC Milan – the Algeria international left The Emirates in 2017 after just one senior appearance for the Gunners.

Bennacer, 24, spent two years on the Arsenal books between 2015 and 2017 – joining from French side Arles. He then left in 2017 to join Empoli and after two successful years with Empoli, he moved to Milan.

Having spent three years at Milan, the 39-time Algeria man has clocked up 105 outings and played a crucial role in Milan’s Serie A triumph last term. But Bennacer has just two years left on the five-year Milan deal he signed.

Arsenal’s need for a holding midfielder remains and now, they have made a bid of £34million to lure Bennacer back to North London. He did play 24 times for Arsenal’s under-23 side during his time in the Capital.


The Gunners have brought in Fabio Vieira from Porto, but he is expected to provide competition for Martin Odegaard. It leaves Arsenal with Mo Elneny, Thomas Partey and Granit Xhaka as options in holding midfield.

Ainsley Maitland-Niles is likely to go with Forest keen, and Lucas Torreira will depart. There are doubts over the form of Xhaka, and the proneness to injury regarding Partey. They need a midfielder.

Judging Bennacer’s form in Milan, he is perfect. A pitbull-like midfielder with an incredible engine that will make tackles, interceptions, blocks and add a defensive shield – but also an impressive array of passing. Ideal signing.

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