Report: Mohamed Elneny in talks to leave Arsenal for Galatasaray
Mohamed Elneny appears to have moved a step closer to leaving Arsenal, with Turkish outlet Fanatik reporting that Galatasaray are now in talks to sign the midfielder.
It is looking increasingly likely that Elneny will leave the Emirates in the coming months. His contract expires in the summer.
And so far, he has only made one appearance in the Premier League this season.
Gala wanted to sign the 29-year-old in the summer. However, they failed to get a deal across the line.
Fanatik reports that Fatih Terim has now demanded that Elneny is signed. The Egyptian meanwhile, has been sounded out about a move and has reacted positively.
With that in mind, talks are underway. And Galatasaray plan to soon sit down with Arsenal and attempt to reach an agreement.
In fact, it is suggested that Elneny’s contract could be mutually terminated to seemingly set up a January move.
Arsenal should let Elneny leave amid Galatasaray interest – but depth may be a problem
It is clear that Elneny is not first-choice at the Emirates. In fact, he appears to be well down the pecking order.
He has not even made the bench for three Premier League games this term. And his only appearance came in the wake of Granit Xhaka being sent off.
So it may seem a no-brainer to some to let him leave.
However, depth must be taken into consideration before he is sold.
Xhaka is currently sidelined with injury. Albert Sambi Lokonga is a youngster who only arrived in the summer. And it remains to be seen if Ainsley Maitland-Niles has a future at central midfield.
There is little reason for Arsenal to consider extending Elneny’s deal. But January is not an ideal window to make significant signings.
With that in mind, the Gunners may be wary about losing him in the winter – even if they have little problem with his exit months later.