Chelsea could be set to conduct a big-money swap deal to beat Manchester United to the signing of Ismael Bennacer.
Bennacer has revived his career in Italy since leaving Arsenal in 2017. The Algerian earned a move to AC Milan last summer after impressing for Empoli over the prior two years.
While his previous time in England brought just one substitute appearance, Bennacer could be ready for another crack at the Premier League.
The midfielder has been linked with both Manchester clubs, United and City. And according to Algerian source Competition, it is the former who are getting serious about Bennacer.
A report from them claims that United are “waiting for the green light” from Milan to make a move. However, they are playing catch-up, as Paris Saint-Germain have already made contact with his representatives.
PSG have reportedly put €40m on the table, but Milan are holding out for €50m. The player is aware of the interest, though, with the Parisians set to offer a big salary to convince him.
However, it now appears Chelsea are leading the charge for Bennacer – and they have a cunning plan to secure his signature.
As per Calciomercato, Chelsea plan to offer Jorginho in a straight swap to Milan for Bennacer.
The Italy international appears to be craving a move back to Serie A and has been strongly linked with Juventus. But the Old Lady can only offer a swap deal for Jorginho – and none of the stars offered appeals to Lampard