After an inconsistent campaign last term, Leicester City have a lot of work to do this season and it could be time to revive interest in Mohamed Elneny.
The Sun stated in July 2017 that the Foxes saw a bid for the Arsenal midfielder accepted by the Gunners, though Elneny himself turned down a transfer as he was intent on staying in London – but that situation may have changed.
Back in March, Arsenal confirmed that Elneny had signed a new long-term contract with the Gunners but Arsene Wenger’s departure has left the Egypt international in limbo, as Unai Emery has signed Lucas Torreira to provide further competition in midfield.
Elneny has featured twice in Arsenal’s pre-season tour campaign so far, most recently in last night’s penalty shoot-out victory over Chelsea in Dublin, but new signing Torreira, Aaron Ramsey and Granit Xhaka were all absent – and will all start the season above Elneny in Emery’s pecking order.
On top of this, Emery hinted after the game that Arsenal do still hold interest in France’s World Cup winner Steven N’Zonzi and the potential arrival of the 29-year-old from Sevilla would surely oust Elneny from the picture.
In order to fund such a move, The Mail has stated that departures will have to occur in north London and Leicester should take advantage of the situation by reigniting their interest in a player they tried to sign 12 months ago.
Capped 66 times for Egypt, and featuring at the recent World Cup in Russia, Elneny would provide vast experience to Leicester’s midfield and could play a crucial role in the development of fellow African midfielders Wilfred Ndidi and Daniel Amartey at the King Power Stadium.
“He’s a super-popular player and everybody inside the club loves him. I never wanted him to leave, I always wanted him to stay. I must say that we had demands for him but he always wanted to stay too.”
Elneny is rated extremely highly by many within the game and is certainly deserving of regular Premier League football, rather than the bit-part role he will play at Arsenal in the upcoming season – and he may now consider a move where he didn’t last year.
Since signing from FC Basel in 2016, 26-year-old Elneny has struggled to establish himself in the Gunners first-team and featured just 13 times in Arsene Wenger’s final campaign at the club – a figure that is likely to decrease further under Emery.
With Arsenal looking to raise funds for further activity in the market, Leicester could negotiate a fair price for Elneny and a move could be ideal for all parties.