According to Football.London, Arsenal have rejected an offer from Galatasaray for Mohamed Elneny.
We don’t know what the terms were but the Turkish giants have until tomorrow night to complete their transfer business and there remains an outside chance they could get their man if they increase their bid.
Elneny, 29, will be out of contract next summer making this the last real chance for technical director Edu to get a fee for a player who has been on the books since signing from Basel in 2016. It’s believed Besiktas, with whom he spent the 2019/20 campaign, also made an approach last week.
Presumably, Mikel Arteta needs to weigh up whether an incoming offer offsets the short-term concerns about available personnel in the centre of the park.
The Gunners haven’t had Thomas Partey for the opening three games of the season and won’t be able to call on Granit Xhaka for the next three after he received a red card. A continuation of that pattern (unlikely but not impossible given recent evidence) would heap pressure on new boy Sambi Lokonga and would likely require us to lean on Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Of course, we also have to take into account that Mo, who is currently nursing a muscle problem, will most likely be at the African Cup of Nations in January. There are a number of factors to consider.
An offer in the region of £50 million and a promise to come back in the summer and spend the same on Cedric should do the trick.