AC Milan have reportedly underlined that they will not accept anything less than €50million (£44million) for Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain target Ismael Bennacer.
The midfielder has a release clause valued at said amount that activates next summer, according to Sport Witness.
The Italian giants do not want to let the midfielder go but if their hand is forced, the club has inferred that any offer under this amount will not be considered, Todofichajes reports.
Bennacer, 22, is contracted to his club until 2024 but the source states he has signalled his intentions to leave for pastures new.
Todofichajes also claims that PSG chief executive Leonardo has already spoken to the youngster’s agent and AC Milan themselves.
The promising prospect has previously been linked with Manchester United, Arsenal and Chelsea.
However, the source adds that Bennacer is determined to move to a club with a higher chance of claiming silverware.
He has tasted English football before having been on the books at Arsenal between 2015 and 2017, although never managed to break into the first team.
The hot prospect left the Emirates for Empoli where he caught the eye, subsequently earning a move to Milan.
If a €50million move does materialise, Empoli are in for a €15million (£13million) down payment, according to La Nazione.
Bennacer has played 13 games for his club so far this season, grabbing three assists.
Manchester City in another footrace for Bundesliga midfielder
Four-time Premier League champions Manchester City are going to have to compete with another European giant if they are to bring in another of their targets.
They will likely do battle with Bayern Munich for the signature of Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder Denis Zakari in 2021.
He is currently nursing an injury and has not featured at all for his club this season, but the Swiss is still eager to play regular Champions League football elsewhere.
With his contract expiring in 2022, Monchengladbach may have to offload him next summer if they want to reap cash rewards for their 23-year-old talent.