Mohamed Elneny is reportedly close to leaving Arsenal after the club held talks with Galatasaray.
Elneny has only been at the club for 18 months but could soon be on the move again. According to the Metro, Arsenal are in discussions with Galatasaray about a £10m deal that could see the Egyptian move to Turkey.
This follows previous reports of Arsenal accepting a £10m bid from Leicester not too long ago. However, in that instance, Elneny turned down the move because he was happy at Arsenal.
If the Gunners are accepting bids, it suggests they aren’t all that fussed about keeping the midfielder. Signed from Basel in January 2016, Elneny has made 38 appearances for Arsenal.
Granit Xhaka, Aaron Ramsey, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin all appear to be ahead of the 25-year-old in the pecking order. Even with Cazorla injured, Elneny has still barely gotten a look in.
It’s possible that Arsenal may allow him to leave in order to free up room for one of their young midfielders, such as Ainsley Maitland-Niles. Arsenal also have Jack Wilshere and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain at the club, although for how much longer remains to be seen.
The Egyptian is a jovial figure at Arsenal and has impressed fans with his work ethic and willingness to receive possession no matter where he is on the pitch.
He’s not been a troublemaker or delivered such terrible performances, Elneny’s problem is that he isn’t quite good enough to start every week in Wenger’s eyes.
Arsenal may have feel they have more than enough depth in midfield, but it still seems a little odd to me that Arsenal are willing to let him go for just £10m.