Mohamed Elneny has reportedly found an agreement with Galatasaray that would see the midfielder end his spell in London but Arsenal have rejected a bid for the midfielder.

Newcastle United v Arsenal - Premier League - St James Park Arsenal s Mohamed Elneny celebrates scoring their side s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Issue date: Sunday May 2, 2021. Copyright: Stu Forster
Newcastle United v Arsenal – Premier League – St James Park Arsenal s Mohamed Elneny celebrates scoring their side s first goal of the game during the Premier League match at St James Park, Newcastle upon Tyne. Issue date: Sunday May 2, 2021. Copyright: Stu Forster

It is to the surprise of just about everybody that Mohamed Elneny is still an Arsenal player at the start of the 21/22 season but it seems like his time at the club is finally coming to an end.

Although the window has closed in England, it closes on 8 September in Turkey and it is there that Elneny has been the most heavily linked.

Although Besiktas and Galatasaray have struggled to find an agreement over wages with the player, it seems the latter have now made a breakthrough and Elneny has an ‘agreement in principle’ over a four-year contract worth €2.5m-a-year plus bonuses according to Takvim in the country (via Sport Witness).

A deal still has to be found with Arsenal, which shouldn’t be hard but will be because of Galatasaray. Arsenal are clearly open to Elneny finding a new home. Turkish sides, however, rarely pay both a decent fee and a decent salary. It’s one or the other.

Takvim report that Arsenal want €4m for Elneny (worth £9m), but I would be very surprised if Galatasaray bid anywhere close to that, hence reports that Arsenal have turned down a deadline day bid for him.

It is being claimed that Arsenal want him for next season but I think that’s more to avoid damaging his confidence. If a decent bid came in, they would say yes. But it won’t. Arsenal surely think Elneny is worth more to them for the season than Galatasaray are willing to pay, and are prepared to let him leave next summer for nothing.

Just a few days ago, it was reported that Galatasaray’s president had vetoed a move for Elneny because of his wage ‘demands’ (they’re never requests). They were then said to have started negotiations with ‘alternative signings’ but it seems like they must not have worked out, either.

Contact with Elneny’s camp was reportedly ‘re-stablished’ on 7 September.

Arsenal recently informed Egypt that Elneny was injured and would not be joining up with them during this international break. The ‘injury’ is not said to be serious, which I’m sure you will find super surprising.

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