Beiktas are reportedly making moves behind the scenes to sign Mohamed Elneny on a permanent basis which would seem to be in direct contradiction to reports the player is not happy there.

Mohamed Elneny. Picture: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images
Mohamed Elneny. Picture: BEN STANSALL/AFP/Getty Images

Mohamed Elneny has no future at Arsenal, that much we all know, but where he will end up, who can say.

There have been reports for a while that the Egyptian is not happy in Turkey and seeking a move as soon as January with a number of admirers willing to put cash on the table for a player reportedly valued at €15m. Just this week it was reported his agent was in talks with Real Betis.

News out of Turkey, however, claims that Besiktas want to keep him, so they must at least believe he’s happy there.

Otherwise, why bother?

An unnamed Besiktas source told Turkish-Football that ‘efforts are being made to keep Elneny on beyond the end of the season.’

Elneny reportedly has an €18m buy-out clause in his loan deal but that is not a fee the Turks are likely to get anywhere near.

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