Mohamed Elneny is giving Besiktas an ultimatum over an unpaid €1.3m, despite being keen on a permanent transfer to the Turkish club.

WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 12: Diogo Jota of Wolverhampton Wanderers runs with the ball past Mohamed Elneny of Besiktas during the UEFA Europa League group K match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Besiktas at Molineux on December 12, 2019, in Wolverhampton, United Kingdom. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)
WOLVERHAMPTON, ENGLAND: Diogo Jota of Wolves runs with the ball past Mohamed Elneny on December 12, 2019. (Photo by David Rogers/Getty Images)

Turkish outlet Aksam (via Turkish-Football) report that Mohamed Elneny is giving Besiktas an ultimatum over money they owe him. The club owe €1.3m to the Arsenal loanee, and he refuses to take to the pitch until they pay it, but they can’t afford to.

The two parties are in talks to resolve the pay dispute, with Besiktas keen to keep Elneny permanently. The player is also happy to stay if his current club can reach an agreement with Arsenal.

The problem is Besiktas’ financial situation. They were already having difficulties even before the pandemic, which obviously didn’t help.

If talks don’t go well, Elneny would return to Arsenal. Presumably, he’d be in the same situation as William Saliba, unable to play this season. However, he could join in with training and start searching for a new club.

Elneny’s loan deal with Besiktas only lasts until 30th June anyway. With eight league games left to play, the club would probably have to extend the 27-year-old’s deal on a short-term basis just to complete the campaign.

If they don’t find a way to pay the money they already owe him, an extension seems unlikely.

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