Arsenal are reportedly in talks with Besiktas over a loan deal that would see Mohamed Elneny leave the Emirates.
Mohamed Elneny has been told he can leave Arsenal and while he has been linked with a number of clubs, they are mostly teams who can’t afford him.
Besiktas also fall into this category, so it’s no surprise they are looking to seal a loan deal, thus avoiding any upfront fee, but can they even afford his wages or will Arsenal have to subsidise any move to get him out the door?
Elneny currently earns £50kpw at Arsenal and it’s not clear what sort of salary structure Besiktas have in place. What is clear, however, is Liverpool goalkeeper Loris Karius was calling on FIFA to take action against them earlier this year after he went four months without pay during his loan spell.
The issue must have been sorted because Karius is still on loan with the Turkish side.
At £50kpw Elneny, would certainly be one of the highest earners at Besiktas. In 2018, it was reported that only three players earned more than that with them – Domagoj Vida, Alvaro Negredo (now with Al-Nasr) and Pepe (now back with Porto).
The Egyptian is said to be open to playing in the country while Besiktas are keen to replace Gary Medel, who is closing in on a £2m move to Bologna on a two-year deal with an option for a third.
The transfer window closes on Monday so we shouldn’t have long to wait to find out either way.