Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is reportedly in talks over another loan switch away from the Emirates Stadium, with Trabzonspor said to be interested in the Gunners man’s services.
According to Turkish Football, citing a Trabzonspor source, the Superlig club and Elneny’s representatives are currently in discussions over a temporary move.
The Karadeniz Firtinasi are willing to pay Elneny 1.5million euro (around £1.3million) next season, with manager Eddie Newton making the 28-year-old a transfer priority, added the outlet.
Elneny 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.
The Egypt international has made just 46 appearances for the Emirates Stadium side since joining from Swiss outfit FC Basel in 2016 for a reported £7million (The Independent).
Elneny has spent the entire 2019-20 season on loan at Trabzonspor’s Superlig rivals Besiktas, scoring once and claiming four assists in 36 games.
Trabzonspor finished last season as runners-up in the league and won the Turkish Cup.
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.
With Elneny’s contract running out in 2022, it’s interesting to hear about Arsenal being reportedly willing to loan him out once again – at this stage, if the Gunners don’t see a future for him at the club, couldn’t they just put him up for sale?