Mohamed Elneny wants to move to AC Milan after they renewed their interest in him, according to quotes from the player’s father this week.

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)

Mohamed Elneny joined Besiktas in the summer on a season-long loan, but it appears he wants to move on to Milan in January. The 27-year-old is up to 17 appearances for his temporary team, but reports suggest he isn’t happy with the club.

The Italian media suggested recently that Milan wanted to sign one of Arsenal’s midfielders. They linked Granit Xhaka, Lucas Torreira and Elneny to a transfer, but at the time the rumour seemed tenuous.

Elneny’s father added a bit more substance to the claims this week, confirming negotiations with Milan.

“Negotiations between Mohamed and Milan are in an advanced phase,┬ábut the contract isn’t signed yet,” Nasser Elneny claimed.

“They renewed their interest in my son, and the next hours could see him sign with Milan. Mohamed is doing well in Besiktas, but he wants to move to Milan because the Italian league is strong.”

Goal claim the negotiations are for a permanent move, presumably in January. At 27 years old, it would be good to see Elneny get a proper transfer away. He needs a chance to rebuild his career.

The midfielder still has a contract with Arsenal until 2022, but he didn’t come close to breaking into the first eleven in his last season with the club. It feels like he’d be treading water returning to North London next summer.