Arsenal double boost includes unexpected £4.8m windfall

Matt Stead

Arsenal are set to receive around £4.8m from Empoli’s sale of midfielder Ismael Bennacer.

Reports in Italy claim that AC Milan have agreed a £16m fee plus bonuses to sign Bennacer, who joined Empoli from Arsenal in 2017.

The Gunners included both a buy-back clause and a 30% sell-on fee in that deal, and are thus in line to inadvertently boost their paltry £45m transfer budget.

The midfielder made just one appearance in all competitions for the club, but will now be btheir biggest sale of the summer.

Italian journalist Gianluca Di Marzio says Bennacer is ‘one step closer’ to joining Milan after talks were held between the two Serie A clubs on Thursday.

The esteemed SempreMilan add that ‘everything is now in place’ for the deal to go through for a player Arsenal themselves reportedly considered re-signing earlier this month.

Another positive of the deal in an Arsenal respect is that Milan are now unlikely to continue in their pursuit of Lucas Torreira.

Calciomercato suggest that Bennacer is the ‘alternative piece for the Giampaolo puzzle’ after Torreira’s price proved too inhibitive.