Arsenal have reportedly turned down the chance to re-sign midfielder Ismael Bennacer this summer – but is it a mistake?
According to The Guardian, cited by The Mirror, the Gunners inserted a clause into his deal to Empoli three years ago which would allow them to match any bids that came in for the youngster.
However, Arsenal officials have rejected the chance to match AC Milan’s £14.4 million bid for the 21-year-old.
Bennacer, who made just one first-team appearance during his two-year stint in north London, has shone for Empoli over the past 12 months, continuing his good form at the Africa Cup of Nations.
The youngster has featured in every game for Algeria in the tournament, helping them to the final against Senegal.
The ball-playing midfielder has made over 70 appearances for Empoli over the past two seasons, establishing himself as a regular in Serie A.
Turning down the chance to re-sign the player for £14.4 million doesn’t appear to be a bad decision at this moment in time, however, only time will tell whether or not it was the right one.
Bennacer certainly has all the attributes needed to succeed at the top level, and if he continues to improve in Italy over the next two years, the Gunners could well be kicking themselves over the missed opportunity this summer.