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.