Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is reportedly keen to continue playing in Istanbul as Besiktas seek to acquire the Gunners man on loan for a second season, according to SB Haber.
The 28-year-old is contracted to Arsenal until 2022 but he doesn’t appear to be in Mikel Arteta’s plans, particularly since his Gunners shirt number was recently given to William Saliba.
Elneny has made just 46 appearances for the Emirates Stadium since joining from Swiss side FC Basel in 2016 for a reported £7million (The Independent).
The Egypt international has spent the entire 2019-20 season on loan at Besiktas, scoring once and claiming four assists in 36 games, but as things stand, his stint finishes next Monday.
Elneny had been in dispute with the Superlig club over unpaid wages, but president Ahmet Nur Cebi said earlier this month that the differences were settled (Tribal Football).
Now, Turkish outlet SB Haber has claimed that Besiktas have begun negotiations with Arsenal over extending his loan, with coach Sergen Yalcin reportedly sure that Elneny wants to continue playing there.
However, it is also reported that Elneny has reservations about extending his time there due to the prior payment issues, with Premier League side Southampton apparently also interested in the Pharaohs ace.
Elneny largely played a bit-part role under both Arsene Wenger and Unai Emery before being shipped out on loan to Besiktas at the start of the 2019-20 season, and it doesn’t look as though Arteta has him in his plans either.
Arsenal legend Gilberto Silva told France Football in April that he thought Elneny was the closest thing the Gunners currently have to him or Patrick Vieira, but there haven’t been any indications from North London that he will feature for them next term.
At this stage, if Arsenal see him as surplus to requirements, they may as well look to sell him, given his contract runs out in two years – though with the global health crisis having dealt a huge blow to the football industry, clubs won’t have as much money to be playing around with.