Empoli’s Corsi: “Bennacer’s agents and Milan are discussing the details, I hope it’ll be resolved within 24-48 hours”

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Ismaël Bennacer during Empoli-Sassuolo at Stadio Carlo Castellani on February 17, 2019. (Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images)

Empoli President Fabrizio Corsi believes Milan did well to sign Krunić and claims something is still missing between Bennacer’s agents and the Rossoneri.

Milan officially announced the signing of Rade Krunić from Empoli this week for a reported €8m and they also have an agreement in place with the club from Tuscany to sign 21-year-old midfielder Ismaël Bennacer for €16m plus bonuses.

The Algerian is currently with the national team playing the AFCON (they face Ivory Coast and Franck Kessié tomorrow at 18:00 CETS), but his representatives are still negotiating a salary with Milan.

“What kind of signing did Milan pull with Krunić? I would say great,” Empoli President Fabrizio Corsi said in an interview with Calciomercato.com on Wednesday. “Rade has a first-class physique and technique, his limit has only been one until now: the lack of awareness of his own abilities. When he rips, he is scary. I believe that at Milan he will become more aware of his potential.

“What is missing for Bennacer? Something is missing between the agents of Milan but I don’t think it’s anything big. They are discussing the details and I hope we can resolve everything within 24-48 hours. For Bennacer it’s a great opportunity, he would be foolish not to take it.”

As reported by Alessandro Jacobone of Milanista NonEvoluto, Milan initially offered Bennacer €1.3m per season which he refused and then raised it to €1.5m plus bonuses; the player demands €2m.

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This deal is as good as finished and I’m glad we got him! Now for defender, I just saw that Bayern set a €15m for Boateng. We should at least try to get him! He’s an experienced defender with a lot of big games under his name. If anything he’s gonna help your young defenders grow

Niel8
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Wow, that’s so cheap for a player of his calibre.

O'Gabb's
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@shadow storm. Milan can’t afford his wages

Deku
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there is rumor that we can swap Castillejo, Borini and Laxalt with Baselli and Bonifazi, which to be honest doesn’t seem to be a bad deal. we will have all 3 midfield subs (Baselli, Bennacer, Krunic) ready for the arrival of either Torriera/Neves. Bonifazi had solid season and makes more sense to go for a player like him as Caldara will be the one to play alongside Romagnoli, so buying someone that is solid but won’t mind being the sub is key, imo.

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Not a bad idea, but an injury might waste the inversion, and this management is looking for eventually sell the players, so those 15M won’t be recovered when he retires. Even though it would be a great player to have.

Gaetu
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Gaetu

I have never seen him play at empoli, i only saw youtube videos about him playing and he seems like a quality signing in my eyes and for that money and the market prices i dont think we could buy something better with this money. What i dont understand is how on earth empoli got relegated with that squad. Krunic and bennacer are very good signings. Wish them all the best.

Ashraf
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I wasn’t happy with this guy to come we suppose to take Hamed troare before juventus did

Ashraf
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His biggest problem is no game reading one time he is far from midfield another time he play like cb

Niel8
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Niel8

True!

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Niel8

Given the current financial condition, I do not understand why the club do not look for free players. Some will be good backups and offer experience as well.
Another thing, Alderweireld has a release clause of 28M Euro, and we look for Lovren instead for about the same amount of money.

Ashraf
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Niel8 also why we go to benecer for 16 million while iljaf elmas is 25 million