Report: Liverpool now ready to make bid to sign 'complete' 24-year-old, just months after he won the title
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Report: Liverpool now ready to make bid to sign 'complete' 24-year-old, just months after he won the title

Liverpool are ready to bid for AC Milan’s Algerian central midfielder Ismael Bennacer.

That’s according to Calciomercatoweb, who claim that The Reds are readying an offer for the 24-year-old.

Jurgen Klopp is reportedly looking at Bennacer to add ‘quality and geometry’ to his midfield ahead of the new season.

The former Arsenal man reportedly has a release clause of around £42m in his current contract, which runs until 2024. Despite the release clause, Liverpool are said to be ready to offer ‘a little less’ – namely £34m.

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Bennacer an interesting option for Liverpool

Bennacer was a relatively important player as Milan claimed their first Scudetto in eleven years last season.

But although he featured in 31 Serie A matches, he only started 15 of those, providing two goals and one assist.

Stats aren’t where Bennacer’s game can be judged, though. He tends to be a slightly deeper lying midfielder who loves to break-up and link play. His manager, Stefano Pioli, called him a ‘complete’ midfielder in April via Milan News.

In certain respects, he’s a little reminiscent of Liverpool’s grand master – Thiago Alcantara. But Bennacer is a little more combative, a little more defensive minded.

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At the kind of price being mentioned, he really wouldn’t be a bad signing for Liverpool. He could act as back-up to Fabinho whilst also filling in a little further forward.

But Liverpool have been consistent with their message that a midfielder won’t be signed this summer. Despite injuries to Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Curtis Jones, that still looks like being the case.

Bennacer might be one to keep an eye on for next summer, though. Liverpool are widely tipped to be active in the market in 2023, and with a year left on his deal by then, the Milan star might be a decent option.

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