Ismael Bennacer at Manchester United

Manchester United are linked with a potential transfer for AC Milan star Ismael Bennacer.

A report in the homeland of the Algerian international via Competition claims United are ‘committed’ to signing the 24-year-old.

Bennacer still has two years left on his contract with AC Milan, and although fabrice romano reported in March that the Italian side hoped to extend his contract, there was no progress.

The midfielder’s current deal has a €50m (£43m) release clause, Competition report Milan would take a cheaper amount, and also suggest that Bennacer would not refuse Manchester United.

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Ismael Bennacer at Manchester United

Bennacer was part of AC Milan’s winning Serie A squad last season, despite being an irregular fixture in the line-up, starting 15 games and playing as a substitute 16 times.

This came after starting 45 Serie A games in the previous two seasons, and so his recently reduced role could play a part in any motivation for Bennacer to move on.

Bennacer began his career with French lower division side Arles, before being snapped up by Arsenal under Arsene Wenger in 2015.

He only played one League Cup match for Arsenal before being loaned to Tours in Ligue 2, then signed permanently by Empoli.

It was at Empoli that Bennacer’s career took off, establishing himself as a Serie A regular within two seasons, before AC Milan signed him for £14million.

Bennacer played over 100 games for Milan in all competitions, winning one title, and also played 40 times for Algeria.

Above all, he plays in a position where Manchester United need reinforcements, in defensive midfield.

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While a move for Frenkie de Jong remains a desire for United, reports BBC Sport, a move for a more destructive and ball-winning midfielder should also be sought, to complement his talents.

Last season for Milan, Bennacer made the same number of tackles (52) as Franck Kessie, despite playing nine minutes under 90, per FBRef – and won more tackles (38) than any AC Milan midfielder.

Bennacer also had the fourth-highest number of pressures (133) for the Milan side, despite just 15 starts.

The Algerian is a talented player, who is of a good age and would not cost much. If he’s a player Ten Hag wants to strengthen the team, he could prove to be a wise addition.

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