Arsenal’s restrictive transfer budget could receive a timely boost depending on the outcome of transfer speculation involving one of the club’s former players.
Calciomercato.com reported that Empoli midfielder Ismael Bennacer’s proposed move to AC Milan could be completed in the next 24 to 48 hours, according to Empoli president Fabrizio Corsi.
The report from Calciomercato.com said that the 21-year-old Algerian is valued at €15million (£13.47m), with Arsenal due to benefit from a sell-on clause which would see them receive 30% of the transfer fee, as indicated by football.london. The midfielder had been with the Gunners previously before being sold to Empoli in 2017.
That injection of funds would ensure that Unai Emery’s summer budget of £45m could be boosted.
While an additional £4m does not seem like a huge boost to Arsenal’s transfer budget, it could still be the difference between securing a target and missing out on that player.
According to football.london, Emery is targeting a centre-back, wing-back, midfielder and winger this summer, with teenage Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli his only signing so far in this transfer window.
If the extra funds from Empoli selling Bennacer are to be focused on just one of those targeted positions, it should be the pursuit of a wing-back, where Arsenal do not appear especially strong at the moment.
Right-back Hector Bellerin is set to miss the start of the season due to long-term injury, according to the Evening Standard, while Carl Jenkinson has been linked with a move away from the Emirates, as reported by The Sun.
At left-back, their current options are Sead Kolasinac, who has been pilloried by some Arsenal fans (a collection of which were put together by Caught Offside), and Nacho Monreal, who is now 33.
Emery has been targeting Celtic left-back Kieran Tierney and the Scottish champions have already rejected an opening bid of £15m from the Gunners, who according to The Mirror are set to respond with an improved offer of £22m.
The 22-year-old offers a genuine attacking threat from the left flank, averaging 8.38 passes per game into the attacking third of the pitch and 4.34 passes per game into the opposition penalty area.
Bennacer may only have played a solitary League Cup match for Arsenal, but his transfer fee to AC Milan could yet have a significant knock-on effect for his former club.
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