City could unearth £85m talent in Bennacer

Manchester City are reportedly interested in signing AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer and he could prove to be Pep Guardiola’s next £85m talent at the Etihad.

According reports from Italy, City are interested in signing the Algeria international after an impressive few seasons at San Siro. It has even been suggested that Aymeric Laporte could be included in a potential swap deal for the 24-year-old as City have been watching him for some time and are keen to bring him to the Premier League.

Any deal without Laporte will likely cost City around £5,000 according to Calcio Mercato Web’s initial report.

Last season, Bennacer made 31 Serie A appearances for AC Milan as they won the title, with the midfielder contributing two goals and one assist, with a solid 6.78 rating. Who scored for his performance.

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Following Franck Kessie’s departure to Barcelona, ​​he looks set for a more regular first-team role this season and has started the new campaign in impressive form, average a superb rating of 7.83 on his two appearances in Serie A.

Bennacer received plenty of praise from manager Stefano Pioli last season as he said:

“He is certainly not underestimated by me, my managers and my teammates. He knows how to interpret both phases well, he is a complete midfielder.

According FBrefthe second player most similar to Bennacer in terms of playing style is Real Madrid’s new star Aurelien Tchouameni.

The French international made a €100m (£85m) transfer to Los Blancos this summer after incredible performances with AS Monaco in Ligue 1, earning a place in the team of the season before his move to Madrid.

According RefFbboth midfielders recorded extremely similar numbers in expected goals and assists per 90 minutes (0.16 each), shots on target per 90 minutes (0.35 vs 0.31) and passing percentage passed (86.9 versus 86.5).

It underlines that they are very similar players and given Tchouameni’s reputation as one of the best youngsters in world football, City would surely be foolish to turn down a player of his ilk.

WhoScored also suggests that both Bennacer and Chuameni excel in tackling, and that quality in midfield is something Guardiola doesn’t possess too much, apart from Rodri and Kalvin Phillips.

Therefore, the Spanish manager should definitely consider a move for the Algerian star this summer as he could turn out to be another £85million-rated talent in City’s squad.