Mo Elneny’s father has told Israeli TV station Sada Al Balad – as quoted by Goal – that his son is close to joining AC Milan on a permanent basis from Arsenal, despite being on loan at Besiktas until the end of the season.
Elneny, 27, was shipped out on loan by Unai Emery in the summer with the Egyptian way down the pecking order. The signing of Dani Ceballos, as well as Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Matteo Gunedouzi, meant he was surplus to requirements.
Signed for £7.4million from Basel (Guardian), Elneny clocked up 89 appearances for the Gunners but it is clear that the player has little future at The Emirates. The midfielder has clocked up 17 matches with Besiktas.
The player has been strongly linked with a move to Serie A over the past few months as he continues to impress in Turkey, and now his father, Nasser, has confirmed that he is in advanced talks with Milan – though a deal is yet to be completed.
“Negotiations between Mohamed and Milan are in an advanced phase, but the contract isn’t signed yet,” Nasser Elneny said. “They renewed their interest in my son, and the next hours could see him sign with Milan. Mohamed is doing well in Besiktas, but he wants to move to Milan because the Italian league is strong.”
TBR’s view – Arsenal should cash in on Elneny, never good enough
If Arsenal can get a figure in the region of £10million for Elneny, then they have simply got to wave goodbye to the midfielder. He was not good enough for the Gunners when he signed, and he has struggled to reach the levels required since.
Even with Xhaka likely to join Hertha Berlin and Torreira being linked with Napoli, the fact Arsenal are close to selling Elneny shows that he has no future in north London.