Arsenal’s transfer kitty could be boosted this summer, with football.london reporting that former player Ismael Bennacer has a 30% sell-on clause in his contract.
The midfielder left the Gunners in 2017 to join Serie A club Empoli having failed to impress Arsene Wenger.
Bennacer appears to have found his feet in the Italian top flight, having made 38 appearances in all competitions in 2018/19, and 77 in total.
His form has alerted the likes of Lyon and it could be that he moves on this summer.
Empoli’s president Fabrizio Corsi admitted earlier this year (CalcioNapoli1926) that the Algeria international – currently on AFCON duty – would be ‘almost certain’ to depart.
Bennacer is roughly valued at €15 million (£13 million), meaning such a transfer would net the Gunners a cool £3.9 million.
Given Arsenal’s lack of funds this summer, an extra £3.9 million could come in very handy.
Such an amount could be used to trump other teams in the pursuit of potential signings.
Arsenal would also be able to use such funds to offer players higher wages.
It doesn’t seem like much, but Empoli selling Bennacer this summer could really help the Gunners out as they are seemingly already struggling to get players in.
It has been widely reported that Unai Emery has just £45 million to spend and the Spaniard is having to work cautiously.