Besiktas will reportedly ask Arsenal to loan midfielder Mohamed Elneny for another season.
Fanatik report the Turkish giants have been impressed with the Egyptian, who has struck up a good partnership with Atiba Hutchinson.
After receiving a red card on his debut for the club, Elneny has been in great form since his return and the club have won each of their last four Super Lig matches.
Apparently the club will not be able to afford the €16 million/£14 million option to buy, and so will ask for the Gunners’ cooperation.
Elneny was rarely used last season by Unai Emery – the 27-year-old made just 17 appearances, with Lucas Torreira Matteo Guendouzi and Granit Xhaka all ahead of him in the pecking order.
TBR’s view – Arsenal should re-negotiate with Besiktas
Arsenal should try to work with Besiktas regarding Elneny.
He may be in good form right now, but realistically £50,000-a-week player Elneny (Spotrac) isn’t Arsenal quality and has plenty of chances to prove that he is
The player’s contract at the Emirates expires in the summer of 2022, and they should be looking to move the player on – even if it means lowering their demand for a permanent transfer.
He only cost £5 million (BBC Sport) to sign and the club cannot be expecting to see a huge return on that original investment.