Turkish club aiming to sign Arsenal midfielder on another loan deal: report
Besiktas are reportedly hopeful of signing Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny on a temporary deal for another season.
The Egyptian joined the Turkish outfit on a season-long loan last summer and he has since been a key player in the team with 28 appearances in all competitions.
The Istanbul outfit have the option of signing him permanently for £15.5m but Turkish outlet Sabah h/t SportWitness claims that the club won’t be able to afford the fee during the summer.
As a result, Besiktas are said to be planning another loan move for Elneny and are hopeful that the Gunners will accept the proposal, given the player is deemed surplus to requirements.
Elneny has just over two years remaining on his contract with the Gunners and there is the possibility of him reviving his career at the club under manager Mikel Arteta.
Otherwise, a permanent sale could be the preference for the club’s hierarchy, given they would want to provide the manager with additional funds for the rebuild ahead of next season.
In case, they fail to find a suitable buyer, the club may be tempted to consider the loan proposal from Besiktas. Still, Elneny may have to extend his contract (expiring June 2022) prior to the move such that the club can preserve his transfer value.
Apart from Elneny, Mkhitaryan is another Arsenal player on loan, who has been fancied to seal a permanent exit. AS Roma, however, have yet to meet the Gunners’ asking price for the Armenian.