It’s clear that Mohamed Elneny is available for transfer before the European windows close. Unai Emery said as much last week.
Having played very little under Unai Emery last season, and now finding himself behind Granit Xhaka, Joe Willock, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and Dani Ceballos in the central midfield pecking order, the Egyptian international needs to find a new club if he wants to play regularly.
Reports from France this morning suggest that Bordeaux, frustrated in their attempts to sign Youssef Ait Bennasser from Monaco, have turned to the Arsenal man as a possible solution to their midfield needs.
There’s not a great deal more information than that, so we can take it with the usual pinch of transfer salt, but the chances are the 27 year old will be on the move before September 2nd.
Elneny’s father spoke about the situation last week, suggesting it was the player’s desire to leave driving it, rather than Arsenal forcing him out.
“Mohamed is the one looking for a proper chance to leave to get more playing time,” he said.
“I wouldn’t prefer him to go to Turkey or France. If he leaves Arsenal I hope he stays in the Premier League.”
He has previously been linked with Leicester City, who bid £10m for him in the past, but given the window is closed until January, his only option for a new club is to go abroad.