Manchester City were reportedly keen during the last transfer window, with a few reports claiming Pep Guardiola had reached out personally to try and convince the entourage and player to move to the Etihad, to no avail.
Milan are keen to hold onto their emerging star, but there is the knowledge the €50m clause wouldn’t be too much of an obstacle for either the Premier League side or Paris Saint-Germain, also reportedly snooping around.
One club who’s welcomed the news of a potential sale, however, are Empoli, according to La Nazione, since the Serie B side, who bought Bennacer from Arsenal and then sold him for a €15m profit to the San Siro club, are due a percentage of any future sale.
The Italian cub ‘observes with great attention’, ‘even if the Rossoneri club doesn’t seem to want to let go of the player’.
While Bennacer’s €50m release clause doesn’t become active until next summer, La Nazione add ‘the feeling, however, is that there may be some news in January’.
What that could be isn’t said, but we really can’t see Milan, who are currently in great form, agree to sell the Algeria international midway through the campaign.
The likeliest time for a move will be next summer.