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AC Milan sign Algeria midfielder Bennacer

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ESPN FC's Matteo Bonetti finds the silver lining to AC Milan's one-year ban from European competition.

AC Milan have signed Algeria midfielder Ismael Bennacer from Empoli.

The Serie A club announced the deal on Sunday, adding that Bennacer has signed a five-year contract.

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Bennacer's profile has risen sharply after the 21-year-old was named Player of the Tournament at the Africa Cup of Nations, where he helped Algeria win the title for the first time in 29 years.

The club did not disclose financial details, but according to reports in Italy, Milan have...

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Ismael Bennacer, MF, Empoli/Algeria

The Algerian midfielder was named AFCON's best player and few would seriously disagree. He was not flashy and made none of the headline contributions provided by the likes of Riyad Mahrez...

Arsenal youngster Ismael Bennacer joins Empoli for undisclosed fee

Ismael Bennacer during his time in London
Ismael Bennacer has made a permanent move to Empoli.

Arsenal have sold academy midfielder Ismael Bennacer to Italian club Empoli for an undisclosed fee.

Bennacer, a 19-year-old Algeria international, joined the Gunners in 2015 and played in the 3-0 League Cup loss to Sheffield Wednesday that year.

However, that was his only appearance for Arsene Wenger's side and he spent the second half of last season on loan at French club Tours.

Bennacer grew up in France and represented them at youth level but switched allegiance to Algeria and was called up to...

Arsenal loan Ismael Bennacer to Tours and Stephy Mavididi to Charlton

Arsenal midfielder Ismael Bennacer has been sent on loan to Ligue 2 side Tours, the former club of Gunners teammates Olivier Giroud and Laurent Koscielny, in one of a number of moves for Arsenal youngsters.

After striker Chuba Akpom joined Championship leaders Brighton on Monday, U.S. youth international Gedion Zelalem completed a move to Dutch side VVV Venlo a day later.

Meanwhile, promising striker Stephy Mavididi joined League One club Charlton and Kaylen Hinds went to League...

Algeria call up Arsenal midfielder Ismael Bennacer for ANC

Ismael Bennacer during his time in London
Ismael Bennacer has played regularly for Arsenal's under-23 side this season.

Arsenal academy midfielder Ismael Bennacer has been called up to Algeria's African Nations Cup squad as a late injury replacement.

The 19-year-old Bennacer has just one cap for Algeria, having represented France at youth levels before switching allegiances last year, but he was called up to replace the injured Saphir Taider just a few days before Algeria's tournament opener against Zimbabwe on Sunday.