Mohamed Elneny could return to Arsenal after Besiktas wage dispute

Mohamed Elneny could be set to return to Arsenal with the Egyptian midfielder owed €1.3m in unpaid wages by Besiktas.

Turkish outlet Hurriyet suggest that the 27-year-old could return to Arsenal when the league restarts because of his unhappiness over not receiving his salary for the last two months.

Matches around the world have been suspended due to the Coronavirus pandemic but it is understood that Elneny, who has been a star performer for Besiktas this season, is still demanding his salary for those unplayed games.

While Besiktas have the option to purchase Elneny this summer it remains an unlikely scenario unless the current financial situation is solved.

Elneny has been linked with the likes of AC Milan, Roma, Leicester and West Ham after he was made available for loan by Arsenal last summer.

Although he has been a fringe player for much of his time in north London since joining from Basel in 2016 and despite being a useful utility player at times, he has failed to become the combative defensive midfielder Arsenal have required for several years.

The Gunners have Granit Xhaka, Matteo Guendouzi, Lucas Torreira and Joe Willock all ahead of Elneny in the pecking order at Emirates Stadium and it remains likely that he will be offloaded by head coach Mikel Arteta this summer.

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