Arsenal rejected chance to re-sign £30m-rated star for bargain fee

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Arsenal reportedly denied the chance to re-sign a former midfielder for what would have been a bargain cost.

The market value of midfielder Ismael Bennacer, who made one League Cup game for the Gunners in 2015, has probably doubled in comparison to the fee AC Milan paid to join him last summer, a report claims.

The Algeria international ace joined AC Milan from fellow Serie A side Empoli for a fee of €16million and arrived on the back of an excellent African Cup of Nations season, during which he won the competition and was named Player of the Tournament for his outstanding plays.

Notwithstanding having alternated midfield positions with Lucas Biglia at AC Milan, to begin with, the 22-year-old midfielder is now one of the first names on the team sheet under manager Stefano Pioli.

According La Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting on Thursday – as cited by MilanNews – that the value of the ex-Arsenal man has skyrocketed since he signed the Diavolo.

The paper claims that his market value has almost doubled compared to AC Milan’s €16m outlay, stating that he is now worth more than €30m.

It was even revealed last week that the Gunners denied the chance to match the Rossoneri’s bid and sign the young midfielder for what is looking more and more like a bargain price.