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Friday July 19 2019
Algeria win Africa Cup of Nations

Algeria have won the Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 victory over Senegal in the Final, with Ismael Bennacer named Player of the Tournament.

The Desert Foxes took the trophy in Cairo this evening thanks to a bizarre goal in the opening couple of minutes.

Baghdad Bounedjah robbed the ball near the touchline and cut inside, his shot taking a huge deflection off Salif Sane and looping up into the far top corner, with SPAL goalkeeper Alfred Gomis simply watching.

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Friday July 19 2019
Krunic: Can be Milan's De Bruyne

Rade Krunic claims he has 'the same characteristics' as Kevin de Bruyne and hopes the 'very, very good' Ismael Bennacer joins him at Milan.

Krunic was presented as a Milan player for the first time alongside fellow new recruit Theo Hernandez on Friday, and the former Empoli midfielder gave fans a glimpse into what they could expect from him.

“My first impressions have been extraordinary,” said the 25-year-old.

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Thursday July 18 2019
Milan should be excited by Empoli pair

Milan fans might not be bowled over by the idea of Rade Krunic and Ismael Bennacer, but Sam Wilson assures they’re under-rated bargains.

\On face value, Rade Krunic and Ismael Bennacer from relegated Empoli are not the most glamorous signings, especially when compared with the likes of Juventus who picked up Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey on free transfers for their midfield, as well as Dutch starlet Matthijs de Ligt in defence. However, these are not only underrated bargains, but also indicative of a new era at the club.

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NEWS
Monday July 15 2019
Arsenal all-clear for Bennacer to Milan

Arsenal have given Milan the all-clear to sign Ismael Bennacer from Empoli for €16m and he’ll have his medical after the Africa Cup of Nations.

According to Sky Sport Italia, there was a clause in Arsenal’s €1m sale to Empoli in 2017 giving them a buy-back option if they matched the offer on the table.

The Tuscans had to wait until Arsenal confirmed they were not interested in Bennacer, something transfer pundit Gianluca Di Marzio claims happened this morning, before Milan could close the deal.

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Monday July 15 2019
Official: Sassuolo loan Frattesi

Sassuolo have officially loaned midfielder Davide Frattesi to recently-relegated Empoli.

The Under-20 international impressed at the recent World Cup for Italy and had been on loan to Ascoli last term.

He will be in Serie B for the 2019-20 campaign, playing for Empoli, before returning to Sassuolo next summer.

Frattesi has 12 caps for Italy at Under-20 level, scoring four goals, and he’ll turn 20 in September.

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Saturday July 13 2019
Official: Caputo joins Sassuolo

Sassuolo have officially purchased striker Francesco Caputo from Empoli at a reported cost of €7.5m plus the loan of two youth players.

The centre-forward turns 32 next month, but scored a very impressive 16 goals in 38 Serie A games last season.

‘Ciccio’ Caputo spent his entire career bouncing around the lower divisions, with spells at the lines of Salernitana, Bari, Siena and Virtus Entella.

He moved to Empoli in 2017 for €3m and was instrumental in their promotion to Serie A.

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Saturday July 13 2019
Milan need Arsenal for Bennacer

Milan must wait for Arsenal to give the all-clear before they can purchase Algeria international Ismael Bennacer from Empoli.

The 21-year-old midfielder seems to have agreed personal terms, after a few issues this week, and is ready to complete the transfer for €16m plus another €1m in add-ons.

However, Sky Sport Italia maintain the final word is down to Arsenal, as the Gunners have a clause in the contract when they sold him to Empoli for €1m in 2017.

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NEWS
Friday July 12 2019
Report: Bennacer accepts Milan terms

Milan have seemingly reached an agreement for a five-year contract with Empoli and Algeria midfielder Ismael Bennacer.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, negotiations reached a positive conclusion during this afternoon’s conversation between director Paolo Maldini and agent Moussa Sissoko.

Milan had already worked out a transfer fee with Empoli worth €16m plus another €1m in bonuses.

For a few days, it looked as if the whole deal would collapse due to differences between Milan’s offer and Bennacer’s wage demands.

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Friday July 12 2019
Official: Sassuolo sign Traore

Sassuolo have officially signed midfielder Hamed Traore from Empoli on a two-year loan with obligation to buy.

Although there is no mention of it on the websites of Sassuolo or Empoli, Juventus are understood to have helped the Neroverdi purchase Traore, including a first option of their own to buy the player in the future.

The 19-year-old was part of Empoli’s eye-catching midfield last season, scoring two goals and providing as many assists in 32 Serie A appearances.

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Thursday July 11 2019
Milan close to Bennacer deal

Milan are on the verge of agreeing a deal for Empoli midfielder Ismael Bennacer.

Bennacer’s proposed switch to Milan threatened to fall through earlier in the week over personal terms.

However, Gianluca Di Marzio assures the problem has been resolved after his representatives accepted a contract offer from the Rossoneri.

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