Agent: Besiktas want Elneny on loan next season

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Besiktas will look to extend Mohamed Elneny’s loan deal for another season, according to one of his representatives.

The Egyptian international has enjoyed a fruitful spell in Istanbul so far, scoring twice in 28 appearances.

In February, the 27-year-old mentioned he’d be open to a permanent switch to Vodafone Park, assuming a price could be agreed with the Gunners.

Obviously a lot has changed since then. It’s still too early to say what the financial implications of the coronavirus outbreak will be on the transfer market but it does sound as though big money deals will be on hold and loans and swap deals could become the norm. We’ll see.

It certainly sounds like Besiktas might be moving in that direction when it comes to Elneny. Whether Arsenal feel the same way remains to be seen.

According to Turkish Football, agent Ömer Uzun said of the situation: “We haven’t had an official meeting so far, but I know that the technical staff and Beşiktaş want to keep Elneny for another season.

“After the situation becomes clearer, they will start negotiations with Arsenal regarding the player’s future next season.

“Elneny is a very professional and good player. You can see this with the contribution he has made in this period,” he added.”

Mikel Arteta should know enough about Elneny to make a decision without recalling the midfielder to London Colney. The duo shared a dressing room for six months before the Spaniard retired.

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Artetas Assistant

If they ain’t got money to buy him, we’re bringing him back. He’s better than Henderson and would play in our backup midfield as a tall running passing shooting body.

Neder

Better than Henderson? I love arsenal, but if Mo elneny is better than Jordan Henderson, then I am sure he wouldn’t be on loan at besiktas.

Tasmanian Jesus

Where have you been?
Elneny is better than Mo Salah even!

Neder

If Jesus says so!

baz00r

Better than Henderson. Riiiggghhht

Goontang

We speaking about the same guy?
Even calling him tall is wide of the mark. Hes 5″11

GraeB

When is next season ffs? Looks like it may vary all over Europe.

Chuffy

He is far more industrious than Xhaka, but a little more limited in terms of production. Let’s face it, Guendouzi aside our central midfield is weak. Torreira seems to want out, Willock hasn’t blossomed in central midfield and is probably better further forward, Xhaka is slow and ponderous and capable of terrible cross field passes that usually puts us in danger and Ceballos will leave. Elneny is actually a more useful option, but make no mistake we need better options in central midfield.

Jack4343

Depends on how many years are left on his deal. No way we should do another loan deal if he is entering his last year on his contract as we would lose him on a free almost certaintly. However, if he’s got 2 years left then loan away but I would definitely look for a buyer first. I really like Mo but I just don’t see him playing for us again.

The Spoon

With the dire cash situation it’s either sell and replace or make use. I can see a few bodies leaving this summer to recoup some money. Not sure how project youth we can afford to go though. Interesting how this new bonus/wage recovery works, if we sell good players and buy no one, and end up mid table is that fair?