Arsenal are weighing up a decision on whether to make an attempt to resign a former player who left the club over five years ago.
According to a report from Marco Delana at Calcio Mercato, the Gunners are interested in making a move for Ismael Bennacer.
Delana’s report goes on to suggest that Arsenal would be prepared to offer AC Milan €40m (£34m), who would be priced at a similar fee to Arteta’s other transfer target, Youri Tielemans.
Bennacer joined Arsenal as a youngster back in 2015 and after failing to get a swift promotion to the first-team, decided to swap London for Italy back in 2017.
Now at 24 years of age and after a very successful time spent at both Empoli and AC Milan, Bennacer has made a name for himself which has put Arsenal on high alert.
The Algerian was most recently part of an AC Milan side who picked up the Serie A title for the first time in over 10 years, so convincing him to move will not be easy.
Partner that with the fact that Arsenal can’t offer him Champions League football and you start to think that this is a transfer where the player holds the majority of power.
Bennacer left the club on relatively good terms back in 2017 after making 24 appearances for Arsenal’s U23’s during a season where he was heavily relied on.
Known for playing as a defensive midfielder, Bennacer has similar positional traits to that of Thomas Partey and would more than likely come in as competition for that area.
However, following the recent departure of Frank Kessie to Barcelona, it’s not as if AC Milan are in great desire to lose Bennacer, who would likely become a regular in Stefano Pioli’s starting XI.
When you put this transfer on the probability ratings, I would give it a 5/10 due to the complications surrounding it and whether the player is actually willing to give it another go in England when life is already so good where he is right now.