Arsenal have no intention of listening to offers for Mohamed Elneny amid interest from Turkish side Besiktas, according to Football London.
Aksam reported recently that the Turks are interested in bringing the Egyptian back this month. Elneny spent a season on loan at Besiktas after Unai Emery publicly stated that the midfielder and Shkodran Mustafi weren’t in his plans in the summer of 2019. (Sky Sports)
Arsenal couldn’t get a good offer to sell him that summer and he went out on loan instead. Many felt that his Arsenal career was over but Mikel Arteta had different ideas.
The Egyptian has been an integral part of Arsenal’s squad this term. He has played 19 games in all competitions so far, including a fine display to help us win the Community Shield against Liverpool at the start of the season.
His performance against Manchester United at Old Trafford was arguably his best ever, and that must have convinced Arteta, Edu and co to keep hold of him.
It is no surprise that Besiktas want him back. Elneny, despite a difficult start, was one of their best players last term. There was a ton of speculation in the summer over a potential return, but a bid from Turkey didn’t come.
Arteta could change his mind in the summer
The Egyptian only has 18 months left on his current deal. Arsenal not wanting to sell him now is understandable but the situation could change in the summer transfer window.
Elneny is a terrific squad player and he can do a job if necessary against the bigger sides as well.
However, with Thomas Partey returning soon and another potential midfield addition this month, the need for him will reduce and it won’t be a surprise to see Arsenal sell him at the end of the season.