Real Madrid will reportedly look to sign 25-year-old Algerian midfielder Ismael Bennacer from Serie A club AC Milan in the summer.

According to a report by Italian outlet Calciomercatoweb, Ismael Bennacer is the subject of interest from Real Madrid. The reigning La Liga champions want to sign the 25-year-old midfielder from Serie A club AC Milan in the summer transfer window, per Carlo Ancelotti’s request.

Ismael Bennacer has established himself as one of the best midfielders in Serie A during his stint with AC Milan. The Algerian international arrived at San Siro from Empoli in August 2019 and has been a pivotal figure for the Rossoneri since then. And he has embraced more responsibility since the departure of Franck Kessie.

The 25-year-old has turned out 132 times thus far for AC Milan, chipping in with four goals and eight assists. And Bennacer’s progress over the years has captured the attention of several high-profile clubs. The latest in the long line of suitors might be Real Madrid, with Carlo Ancelotti an admirer of the player.

Real Madrid will likely delve into the market for a midfield reinforcement in the summer transfer window. That is because Luka Modric and Toni Kroos are in the twilight of their respective careers. In addition, uncertainties surround the future of Dani Ceballos, who might or might not sign a new contract with Real Madrid.

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Several midfielders have thus popped up on Real Madrid’s radar, with Jude Bellingham being the top target. But the reigning La Liga champions are keeping their options open. Bennacer has thus emerged as a viable target for Real Madrid heading into the summer transfer window.

The 25-year-old midfielder will not be a like-for-like replacement for either Modric or Kroos. But he can be an alternative to Aurelien Tchouameni, allowing Eduardo Camavinga to play as a box-to-box midfielder. Meanwhile, Bennacer only became a fallback option because AC Milan will not sell Sandro Tonali, another Real Madrid target.

But Carlo Ancelotti also admires Bennacer. And AC Milan will allow a sale if the Merengues shell out between €50 million and €60 million. So it will be interesting to see if the Serie A champions recoup their desired valuation. But considering Bennacer signed a new contract recently, a summer exit seems unlikely.

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