Could Arsenal yet receive another last-gasp Galatasaray bid for Elneny?
It was reported by Sky Sports on Tuesday that Arsenal had rejected a bid from Galatasaray for Mohamed Elneny.
Elneny has been linked with a move. Clubs in Turkey are still able to sign players up until close of play on Wednesday.
However, Arsenal appear determined to keep the 29-year-old. According to Sky Sports, Mikel Arteta views the Egyptian as a part of his plans this season.
And in truth, a move at this stage looks highly unlikely. The Gunners also do not appear to have the depth to let another midfielder leave.
They would not be able to replace Elneny until January. So it makes little sense for Arsenal to sell – unless Gala make a big bid with his contract expiring next year.
But perhaps that may not stop the Turkish side from trying – particularly amid reports emanating from Italy on Wednesday.
According to Calciomercato, Amadou Diawara was ready to be the answer for Gala. He was reportedly ready to accept the club’s proposal.
However, on Tuesday, the move reportedly fell through. Diawara will now stay put. And Roma may look again at a sale in January.
Galatasaray must be tempted to make last-ditch offer for Elneny after Diawara blow
With that in mind, perhaps it may not be out of the question for Galatasaray to switch their attention and make a last-minute bid for Elneny.
Of course, Arsenal would not have to sell. But they will surely have not shut the door on losing Elneny entirely. They would be foolish not to accept a huge offer.
If Gala do make a final play for Elneny, the onus is on the Europa League side to make a bid Arsenal simply cannot refuse.