Having had his reputation for business acumen shredded by @SwissRamble, who earlier this week laid bare the turgid state of Arsenal’s finances, it’s great to see former CEO Ivan Gazidis doing something that could earn us a few million quid.
According to Italian journalist Gianluca di Marzio, his new club AC Milan, fresh from giving up their pursuit of Lucas Torreira, are interested in signing Ismael Bennacer from Empoli. The 21-year-old midfielder spent two years on the books at the Emirates making only one first team performance.
Despite not making the grade under Arsene Wenger, it turns out we still had the nous to insert a sell-on clause in the Algeria international’s contract when he moved to Italy for around €1 million in 2017. It’s this clause that could seal us a dividend if he moves.
Bennacer, who is currently playing at the AFCON in Egypt, is said to be valued around €20 million.
Even a small slice of that would be a welcome boost to our coffers at a time when everybody is laughing at our cack-handedness in the transfer market.