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Chelsea linked with AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer

Chelsea are being linked with AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer.

The Algerian international was on Arsenal's books between 2015 and 2017 - making just one first-team appearance.

His performances with Empoli earned himself a £14.5million move to AC Milan last summer - where he has put himself back on the radar of Europe's biggest clubs.

Calciomercato.com says Chelsea are interested in bringing him back to London - and could offer a cash-plus-player deal to secure their man.

AC Milan's asking price of around £45m could prove an obstacle for the Blues, who have already spent big on Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech - with Kai Havertz also expected to sign imminently.

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