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Transfer: Africa Cup of Nations winner joins Milan

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AC Milan has signed Algerian star Ismael Bennacer.

The African Cup of Nations winner and a key member of the Algerian national team has completed his move to AC Milan.

According to beIN Sports, the fee is rumoured to be around 16 million Euro. He has apparently signed a five-year contract with the Rossoneri.

He is one of several new faces brought in. All part of the rebuild taking place under new manager Marco Giampaolo.

Bennacer was picked up by the San Siro club. After his former club Arsenal decided not to take up an option to match the offer made by Milan.

The 21-year-old midfielder joined the Gunners from Arles in 2015. He had made just one first-team appearance for Arsenal.

He was subsequently loaned out to Tours. Then sold to Empoli.

Arsenal is believed to have had the option to match any future bids for the player. This was part of his contract of sale to Empoli.

A form of buyback option that is commonplace in the sale of young prospects.

Bennacer, who has dual citizenship, opted to play for France at the under 17 and under 19 level.

However, changed allegiances and decided to represent Algeria at the senior level.

His most recent outing for his country was the African Cup of Nations.

He managed three assists during Algeria’s triumphant Africa Cup of Nations Campaign. Where he played a defensive midfield role in their 1-0 victory over Senegal

He is joined at the Rossoneri side of the San Siro by Emploi teammate Rade Krunic. Empoli was relegated from Serie A in 2018-19.