Turkish website Aksam have claimed that Besiktas want to raid Arsenal and lure Mo Elneny back to Turkey but this time on a permanent basis, after the central midfielder spent the 2019-20 campaign on loan at Besiktas.
Elneny, 28, played 36 times for Besiktas last season in all competitions and impressed largely – returning to the Gunners in the summer and somewhat surprisingly, being re-integrated into the Gunners side under Mikel Arteta.
The former Basel midfielder has since been in and out of the side. Before Saturday’s 4-0 win over West Brom, he had started the previous five Premier League games – but was an unused substitute in the snow at the Hawthorns.
Aksam report that Besiktas are ready to open talks over a move to bring the 78-time Egypt international back to Vodafone Park this month – and are readying a bargain £6.25million offer. Elneny has entered the last 18 months of his current deal.
TBR’s view – Should Arsenal keep Elneny?
When all Arsenal players are fit, the Gunners boast Dani Ceballos, Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, Joe Willock, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Elneny. Matteo Guendouzi and Lucas Torreira remain on the books, but the latter is likely to depart permanently.
Maitland-Niles has starred in central midfield in the Europa League and while he is given a chance in the Premier League team, he is yet to be handed a midfield berth. Certainly, though, the England star’s performances are deserving of that.
Ceballos is only on loan and it remains to be seen whether he gets a permanent deal. But with Partey first choice and plenty of options to go alongside him, Elneny may feel a move is desirable. Arsenal should keep him, but he is hardly irreplaceable.