Elneny open to Besiktas stay

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Mohamed Elneny says he’s open to a permanent move to Besiktas at the end of his current loan deal, however, the chances of that seem slim.

The Egypt international fell out of favour during Unai Emery’s tenure and was happy to make the move to Turkey when the Istanbul giants came calling in the summer.

After a red card on his debut, the midfielder has gone on to make 25 appearances this season for a Besiktas side that have underwhelmed both at home and in Europe.

They are currently seventh in the Super Lig table and were knocked out of the Europa League stages at the group stages. Along the way, they’ve also parted with a head coach and there were even reports that Elneny didn’t get paid for several months.

All the same, Elneny seems happy with his lot in Turkey.

“Before coming I thought there was going to be a huge difference [from the Premier League] but when I came I realized there’s not that big of a difference,” he told beIN SPORTS [translated by KingFut]

“There’s a lot of good players here, the league is quite tough and many teams compete for the title. All teams are strong and can beat one another.

“The atmosphere here is great, it’s an amazing feeling to play infront of our fans, their support doesn’t stop throughout the 90 minutes. I’m very happy to be part of the Besiktas family and who knows what the future holds.

“If the club is willing to pay my buyout clause I would be happy to stay if the situation allows it.”

We’re not sure what his buyout clause is, but we suspect it’s around the £15 million mark, which could be steep for a team that doesn’t have European football.

Interestingly, KingFut claim that coach Sergen Yalcin is resigned to Elneny and several other players leaving this summer. Perhaps the Egyptian knows it’s happening and he’s just saying nice things to keep things ticking along.

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I’d take £15m!

goonerrah

Maybe it’s just me….. but don’t Elneny and Guendouzi seem like very similar players? Decent at a lot of things but not great at anything and run around a lot.

Martinelli fanboy

Elneny is better at shooting. His one touch passing is tidy.

Guendouzi’s composure is far much better.

With both I feel there is something better to be unlocked but guendouzi has more time in his hands.

Phil Dowd is a shit

It’s just you. They are nothing alike

Diaminedave

I’d say there is a roughly 99.4% genetic similarity!

Cultured determination

Elneny is a ball recycler. Guendouzi rund a little more

Drewkernster

I remember both bossing the midfield early days at arsenal under Unai. I think they’re both good passers of the ball Elneny has a shot on him. Guendouzi is yet to find his shooting boots and range. Elneny when given run of games can be irreplaceable at times I remember under Wenger he had a run of games where he was undropable. And he’s very mobile not that he has great speed but he has deceptive speed he’s faster than he looks just like ozil most people won’t categorize ozil as fast but he is one of our fastest midfielders.… Read more »

TorontoGunner

thanks and get the cheque written to Lille for Pepe’s second installment lol

Badaab

There are probably a host of clubs on the continent which could afford the reported 15m buyout clause for an international midfielder of his age. Sure, Elneny isn’t going to grab the headlines with his play, but he is a reliable performer and good at recycling possession.
He seems like a decent enough guy, so fair play to him if he ends up somewhere besides Arsenal after the season.

Bob's Mexican cousin

Gnabry defining mixed feelings for me again

Twatsloch

Decent enough player for us and it would have been interesting to see what Arteta could have gotten out of him. But 15 million quid ain’t bad either.

I say sell!

Mesut O’Neill

No one will pay above €10m

Richie

Well we got 10m for Coquelin and 10m for Bielek, so 15m for Elneny sounds right.

Public Elneny

Coquelin is twice the player of Elneny

A Different George

Even if that’s true, transfer fees are significantly higher now.

Wack Jilshere

One of those guys who will never be a starter for us but was always a reliable enough squad player when called upon. While I’d probably take that £15m for him I certainly wouldn’t object to him returning to the club in the summer. Sidenote I didn’t realize he was only 25!

Wack Jilshere

Whoops I read something wrong he’s 27.

Kentmonkey

Well he’s 25 until you read he’s 27

YaGunnersYa

Did it take 2 years to read the article or is that how ages work now?

Richie

He’s 25 years and 31 months old.

Lucas Sam

For those wondering why he might be hard to sell can be also attributed to work permit issues. Unless some teams in europe wants him to take one of the Non-EU spot in their squad…

Olivije Žirod

Why? He is French.

miike

He’s Egyptian? Where did you get French from?

Lucas Sam

I wonder why I was down voted

samu

15 Mil from him, 10 mil + for Miki’s 200k off the books, willock on loan, that would be my outgoings, that 200k can go towards AUB and LACA to sort them out. Elneny’s to sort Sakas contract and then personally it should have been the ajax guy gone to the scum but id like to see a number 10 to rival Ozil who i can imagine will be let go in 2021 when his contract is up and an athletic CM, tall powerful and aggressive with great energy and box to box ball player (look what Gueye is doing… Read more »

Gino Ginelli

Noooo! Please no, have we not learned anything from Gnabry! Please don’t go

Lord Bendnter

Oh what I would give for us to buy Houssem Aouar!

bob

The true redemption arc would be Arteta bringing Elneny back from Turkey and moulding into an Arteta v2 midfield metronome.

Might be a stretch but heck these days who knows!

A Different George

I was thinking that too. Elneny’s limitations were that so many of his passes were safe, short, and/or sideways, and he tended to follow his pass (which is a very effective way of making sure the ball is not turned over). Very occasionally, seemingly on instruction, he played a much more progressive role–where he continued his run after passing. In those matches he was pretty effective, both more skillful and more intelligent (football intelligence, don’t know anything about him as a person) than I thought he was. So, there is the raw material there for something above a decent squad… Read more »

Santori

Please stay.

Mediocre player.

The Voice of the Noise

Below mediocre comment.

Doghouse

Both galloping workhorses from the same stable, I get we are still looking to unearth a Vieira like stallion and I wouldn’t put these two down as horse shit but they are nieghh ver good enough for our club, how many times do we get saddled with also rans and show ponies..