Sampdoria are the latest club to request a loan deal from Arsenal, asking for Mohamed Elneny for the upcoming season, according to reports.
However, they’re only currently looking at a loan deal for the midfielder.
— Marco Conterio (@marcoconterio) August 31, 2020
Translated, it says, “There #Sampdoria is interested in Mohamed Elneny of #AFC and is ready to borrow him from #Arsenal.”
The Gunners did let Elneny leave on a loan to Besiktas last summer. At the time, he needed games, having spent the vast majority of the 2018/19 season on the bench.
The circumstances are very different this time around, though. Elneny made 36 appearances for Besiktas as a regular in their side. He then put in a couple of good pre-season performances for Arsenal last week.
The Egyptian international is no longer a player Arsenal are desperately trying to get off the wage bill at all costs. He’s someone who could bring in a few extra million for the transfer budget, at worst.
Another year on loan, running his contract down to a single year whilst he approaches 29 years of age sounds like a really bad idea.
Unless Sampdoria are paying a major loan fee with a reasonable option to buy at the end, I wouldn’t even consider it.