If Arsenal are looking to raise funds this summer, then it’s likely Mohamed Elneny will be high up the list to receive a ‘Dear John’ letter from Raul and Edu.
The big question is where he might end up once he’s been given the elbow and how much we might get for him.
The Egypt international, who is under contract at the Emirates until the summer of 2022, was farmed out on loan to Besiktas last August and the Istanbul giants have flirted with the idea of keeping him ever since.
With 33 appearances under his belt, the 28-year-old has been an integral part of the set-up at Vodafone Park this season and despite a few off-pitch issues – there were reports he’d not been paid on time – he’s sounded quite positive about staying.
In April, Elneny’s agent claimed Besiktas wanted to extend the loan for another season but new reports suggest he’ll return to London at the end of the season, at which point he’ll sit down with former teammate Mikel Arteta to discuss his future.
Arsene Wenger shelled out around £11 million to sign the midfielder from Basel in January 2016. Once upon a time, we’d have been confident of making that back with interest. Now we’re not so sure.
Past suitors have included Bordeaux, Galatasaray and Olympiacos. If anyone knows of any others, do let Arsenal know.