Arsenal do not want to sell Mohamed Elneny during the January transfer window, according to a report from Football London.
Elneny has taken a prominent role in Mikel Arteta’s plans this season. He has made 10 starts for the Gunners in the Premier League since his return from being out on loan.
However, it appeared that Arsenal may be offered the chance to offload him this month. Turkish outlet Aksam reported recently that Besiktas wanted the midfielder to return.
The report claimed that the Super Lig side were planning to offer £6.25 million for the Egyptian, who spent last season on loan at Vodafone Park.
It would have been a surprise if Arsenal were willing to sell for that figure. And Football London has now reported that they do indeed have no intention of letting the 28-year-old move.
TBR View: Arsenal right to snub Elneny bid, but stance should be flexible
Arsenal are surely making the right decision holding onto Elneny if the bid is £6.25 million. He has produced some outstanding displays since coming back into the picture in North London.
However, the Gunners should not shut the door completely on the idea of selling the 28-year-old either.
Elneny’s form has dipped at times. It was reported by the Daily Mail in November that he was in line for a new contract with his current deal set to expire in 2022. Spotrac shows that he is on £50,000-a-week.
It does seem that the fans wanting to see him handed fresh terms have gone quieter in recent weeks.
So if a significantly better bid does arrive from somewhere this month, Arsenal should seriously consider a change of heart.