According to TalkSport, Arsenal were ready to let Mohamed Elneny join a Turkish club before tomorrow’s deadline, but the Egyptian’s wage demands have scuppered a move.
The 29-year-old, signed by Arsene Wenger in 2016, has entered the final year of his contract. It’s very unlikely that Arsenal will consider extending his deal, which made a move away this summer a very sensible option.
Elneny was a wanted man in Turkey, with Besiktas and Galatasaray among other clubs interested in his services. Arsenal were ready to let him go and the Egyptian was open too, but that move will not happen now.
Mohamed Elneny will not leave Arsenal for Turkey
Unlike the transfer window in England and in most parts of Europe, Turkey’s transfer deadline is tomorrow night. Clubs in the Super Lig can still bring in new players, but Elneny won’t be one of them.
The report claims that both Galatasaray and Besiktas were keen to sign Elneny this summer, but the two clubs have decided against bringing him in for the same reason why Crystal Palace didn’t sign Eddie Nketiah – hefty wage demands.
Elneny reportedly demanded a four-year contract and an annual salary of £2.15 million excluding bonuses. The overall expenditure for the two interested clubs would’ve been £12.87 million over the next four years.
Neither Besiktas nor Galatasaray were ready to accept those terms.
Keeping hold of Elneny isn’t the worst option for Arsenal. Yes, he should not get into the team ahead of Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka and maybe even Albert Sambi Lokonga, but he’s still a very good squad player to have.
With just a day left in the window, anything can happen. However, it doesn’t look likely at this point and Elneny is set to run out his contract at Arsenal and leave on a free transfer next year.