Liverpool are “closely monitoring” the £45million star following a surprise update this week

Liverpool are reportedly keeping an eye on the contract situation of AC Milan midfielder Ismael Bennacer after rumors surfaced this week that the Algerian will sign a new contract with the Rossoneri.

According to CalcioMercato, the Reds are “carefully watching” the former Arsenal academy star after Gazzetta dello Sport reported earlier this week that Bennacer is close to signing a new long-term deal with Milan, with Liverpool ahead of the January window on the midfielder is interested .

Valued at €50million (£45million) according to CalcioMercatoWeb, Bennacer would have been quite a deal for Liverpool in January as Jurgen Klopp’s side are keen to sign a midfielder next month as the Reds look to patch up some of their problems in the squad to solve .

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, James Milner and Naby Keita are all set to leave next summer at the end of their contracts, while Jordan Henderson and Thiago Alcantara’s injury woes continue to plague Liverpool.

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As a result, midfielders are firmly on Liverpool’s agenda for 2023 and Bennacer would be a great addition to the Merseyside club as the 25-year-old played a key role in Milan’s title-winning squad last season when the Rossoneri won the Scudetto for the first time in over a decade.

Indeed, signing Bennacer for Liverpool would have been a huge step for the Reds. Given this week’s news that the Algerian international will sign a new contract with Milan, the chances of the midfielder leaving the San Siro are slim at best now.

Liverpool should focus on other goals as Bennacer is set to sign Milan deal

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Bennacer to Liverpool is a great move on paper as the Milan star is a sensational player who could offer the Reds much of what they have been lacking in recent months due to injury woes. However, Klopp would be wise to focus on other targets ahead of the January window.

After all, it seems pretty clear that Bennacer will sign a new contract with Milan and for Liverpool their time and resources would be better spent looking at other players in the market while Klopp and his team try to fix one of their main problems solve problems in January.

In other news, report: Liverpool and Spurs express interest in ‘brilliant’ star but Todd Boehly is leading the race Liverpool are “closely monitoring” the £45million star following a surprise update this week

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