The Egypt international will be out of contract next summer and it’s believed the Gunners could be open to a deal, permanent or loan, before the transfer window in Turkey closes in six days time.
While there’s a risk associated with not replacing the player in the short term, the club is also aware that the 29-year-old won’t be available in January when he heads to the African Cup of Nations.
Elneny is no stranger to Besiktas. He spent the 2019/20 campaign on loan at Vodafone Park making 36 appearances. He seemed destined to leave the club last summer before Mikel Arteta’s head was turned by his performances in pre-season, including in the Community Shield win over Liverpool. The ex-Basel man ended up being a useful squad player featuring 41 times across all competitions.
Behind Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka and Sambi Lokonga in the pecking order and with Arsenal not playing in Europe, Elneny knows there’s a risk he might not get much game time this year. Coupled with our need to raise funds / save cash on wages after a record-spending summer and it’s easy to see why all parties are tempted to do a deal.
Sead Kolasinac – injured by a terrible tackle on international duty last night – and Cedric Soares have also been linked with clubs in Turkey this summer. It’ll be interesting to see if they also get offers.
Failing that, the transfer window is also open, amongst others, in Mauritania, Moldova, Armenia and Burkina Faso. Hopefully, clubs in those countries missed our mauling at Manchester City.