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Rumor: Guardiola phones Bennacer ahead of a potential €50m move

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Guardiola has reportedly called AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer on phone and it’s believed City could be gearing up to activate his €50m release clause.

Pep Guardiola is ready to go all out for Ismael Bennacer and has gone ahead to call him on phone ahead of a potential move.

The 22-year-old Algerian international was named player of the tournament in the 2019 African Cup of Nations tournament.

Bennacer completed a €16m swoop from Empoli to AC Milan last summer and has impressed for the Rossoneri so far.

PSG have been linked to the 22-year-old but it is Manchester City who could be making the first real move to secure his services.

RMC Sport in France claims that Manchester City have dived in with great determination to get the deal done quickly.

The report maintains coach Guardiola rang Bennacer to convince him of the project, even if City are excluded from the Champions League next season as it stands.

The same source also suggests there is a release clause in the midfielder’s contract worth €50m which City is also willing to activate.

Despite joining only last summer, the idea of making such a big profit on Bennacer is something that could convince Milan to sell the 22-year-old.