Mohamed Elneny may be back in training following his summer on international duty with Egpyt but it looks as though his Arsenal days are numbered.
The 25-year-old only featured in eight Premier League games last season and with Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Dani Ceballos and young Joe Willock all higher up the midfield pecking order he must be weighing up his options.
Rumours of a move are nothing new. Since signing from Basel in January 2016 for £11 million, he’s been variously linked with Leicester, Roma, Marseille, Bordeaux and Besiktas.
Despite all that, he penned a new long-term deal in March 2018 and is under contract until 2022. On one level, that’s great as it means we’re in no danger of losing him for free, on another we have to deal with the fact his last pay bump has pushed him out of the reach of quite a few clubs.
One side who are thought to be able to afford his wages are serial window shoppers Galatasaray.
The Turkish giants sniffed around a couple of years ago and FutbolArena says that Elneny, along with Chelsea’s Tiemoue Bakayoko, could be on their radar again.
We’re always wary of stories coming from Istanbul, but on the surface, it’s a move that makes sense. Well, assuming they paid a decent fee.
Given we just raised £10 million for Krystian Bielik and we were chasing £10 million for Laurent Koscielny, what would be a decent price for an international midfielder in his prime years? Surely we’d want to get more than we bought him for? Or would we loan him out and stick a right-to-buy clause in the deal. Who knows.
We have many questions and not so many answers. It’s one to keep an eye on though.