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Arsenal may activate buy-back clause before Lyon or Napoli snap up starlet

Ismael Bennacer Arsenal Empoli Napoli Lyon

Algerian midfielder Ismael Bennacer has enjoyed an impressive season in Italy with Empoli, and has caught the attention of fellow Serie A side Napoli plus French side Lyon.

Bennacer joined Arsenal in 2015 as a teenager and featured once for the Gunners before joining Tours, then Empoli on a permanent basis in 2017 for around £900k.

Since then, Bennacer has begun to mature into a combative midfielder - cutting his teeth in Italy's top tier.

According to Le10Sport, Lyon are battling Napoli for the 21-year-old's signature, but both potential deals could be undone by Arsenal's handy buy-back clause.

The French outlet claims that Arsenal are yet to register any serious interest, but that Napoli's offer of €16 million might put the north Londoners on alert.

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