Ismaël Bennacer has won the African Cup of Nations – and was even named the tournament’s Best Player – as he is set to join Milan next week.
Milan presented Theo Hernández and Rade Krunić on Friday, and next week they will complete the signing of another player – Ismaël Bennacer of Empoli.
According to Antonio Vitiello of Milannews.it, Bennacer will be in Milano at the start of next week to have his medical and sign the five-year contract with the Rossoneri. The Diavolo are expected to pay €15-16m plus bonuses for the services of the 21-year-old.
Until that happens, Bennacer will celebrate his new trophy: on Friday evening he – together with the Algeria national team – won the 2019 African Cup of Nations. Algeria met Senegal in the final of the tournament and they beat them 1-0 thanks to a goal from Baghdad Bounedjah in the 2′ minute.
It was a brilliant tournament for Bennacer, who’s been selected as the ‘Total Man Of The Competition’, which is the Player of the Tournament Award of the AFCON. Milan now have two new champions, as in addition to Ismaël, there is also Lucas Paquetá who won the 2019 Copa America with Brazil earlier this summer. Paquetá, however, was hardly involved while Bennacer was a key player for Algeria.
Bennacer has shown throughout the tournament that he’s a versatile player who can play both as a regista and as a more attacking midfielder. He will likely dictate the play at Giampaolo’s Milan.