AC Milan are reportedly keen on bringing in Mohamed Elneny with the press in Italy seemingly under the Ivan Gazidis-fuelled impression that he’s a special player.

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - OCTOBER 03: Mohamed Elneny of Besiktas reacts at full-time after the UEFA Europa League group K match between Besiktas and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Vodafone Park on October 03, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)
ISTANBUL, TURKEY – OCTOBER 03: Mohamed Elneny of Besiktas reacts at full-time after the UEFA Europa League group K match between Besiktas and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Vodafone Park on October 03, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images)

I like Elneny.

What’s not to like? He’s a decent player who gives his all. But that’s all he is. He’s a seven-out-of-ten player who rarely has extreme performances at either end of the scale.

His loan to Besiktas in Turkey was not a surprise. That’s around his level, if you were to ask me to be honest. He’s not happy there, however, feeling misled by their ambitions, and is keen on a move.

Enter AC Milan who seem to be eyeing him to replace Franck Kessie, should the 22-year-old head to Wolves in January.

The Egyptian is keen on a permanent move and Gazetta seem to think that €15m would get it done. I’d think so too. We only paid £11.25m for him in 2016 and seem happy to get him out of the club to free up his £2.6m salary (£50kpw).

I can’t help but think if Gazidis was still at Arsenal we’d get about €3m for him yet here he is, keen for his club to spend €15m on a player no longer wanted by his parent club.

Well, that’s how I’m choosing to see this.

Of course, it’s all speculation at this point but the AC Milan links certainly seem to have a whiff of Gazidis about them. Do you really think they’d be keen to pay €15m for him if Gazidis wasn’t at the club?

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