- Ismael Bennacer has emerged top target for Man City
- The Algerian star has been a target for the Citizens for over five years now
- Bennacer helped his country win AFCON title in 2019
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has reportedly shown interest in signing AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer this summer.
The Spanish tactician is in search of a replacement for outgoing countryman David Silva and the Spaniard was said to have reached out to the Algerian star.
According to Daily Mail, the former Bayern Munich and Barcelona manager was said to have called the 22-year-old over a possible summer switch to Etihad Stadium.
The Algerian star has been in fine form for his Italian League outfit-making 23 appearances and just one assist to his credit.
He joined Arsenal in 2015 but only managed to feature in one match for the senior team having represented the Gunners' youth teams on multiple occasions.
The defender left the north London club in 2017 7 for Empoli after spending time on loan at French club Tours.
However, City are back on his trail five years after missing out of signing him but this time, they will have to trigger his release clause set by the Serie A club.
He was part of the Algerian team that won the Africa Cup of Nations title last summer. and also won the award for the player of the tournament.
The midfielder represented the French national team U-18 and U-19 levels before pledging his allegiance to Algeria about four years back.
Legit.ng earlier reported that Manchester City have dismissed Man United's interest in star winger Raheem Sterling this summer.
Reports filtering through in the UK on Monday, June 1, suggested United are tracking Sterling's future at City.
It is believed City's recent ban from Champions League by UEFA has seen a number of star players at the club reconsider their future at Etihad.
And with the Red Devils likely to seal a place in the European elite competition, it was reported the Old Trafford chiefs could tempt Sterling to complete a switch the other way.
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