However, Bennacer had already committed himself to Milan. The club did not disclose financial details, but according to Italian media reports, Milan has paid Empoli 16 million euros ($18 million). Bennacer joined Empoli in 2017 from Arsenal following a loan spell at Ligue 2 side Tours and impressed in Serie A last season despite his club's relegation.
Arsenal had a buyback clause for Bennacer, who made only one first-team appearance for the English side, but rejected the opportunity. Bennacer is the club's third signing of the offseason after Rafael Leão, Theo Hernandez and former Empoli teammate Rade Krunic.
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