Report: Ismael Bennacer to Arsenal?

Arsenal look set to beat Manchester City to the signing of French teenager Ismael Bennacer, reports the Express.

The 17-year-old, who plays for Aries Avignon, had reportedly agreed to join Premier League rivals Manchester City this summer.

However, Metro claims that the midfielder now opted to join Gunners after the club offered him a £150,000 compensation fee with a five-year deal.

Bennacer featured six times in Ligue 2, and also caught the attentions of the France national team even though he is also eligible to represent Algeria.