According to recent reports, Arsenal are set to release Mohamed Elneny for free in the January transfer window. It is also being reported that the Egyptian midfielder is being pursued by Turkish giants Galatasaray.
The 29-year-old has just made 3 appearances this season, featuring for a total of 10 Premier League minutes since August in 2 cameo appearances. His 4-minute cameo in the final minutes of Arsenal’s 1-0 home win against Watford was his first domestic game in 8 matches.
His last meaningful appearance for the Gunners came during the 5-0 mauling at the hands of Manchester City when he was brought on in the second half to limit the damage after Xhaka’s first-half red card. He made his third appearance in this weekend’s 4-0 loss to Liverpool.
With his contract expiring at the end of the season, he is free to sign a pre-contract with any club he likes once the January transfer window opens. Manager Mikel Arteta has reportedly given him the green light to leave for free and technical director Edu seems to be in agreement.
According to the Turkish daily FotoMac (via HITC), Arsenal have agreed to terminate the contract of Mohamed Elneny 63in January, allowing clubs to negotiate a free transfer with the player and his representatives. This was the conclusive resolution following the reported negotiations between Edu and Elneny’s agent.
Meanwhile, Fanatik (via The Sun) has reported that Galatasaray, who were heavily linked with the player in September, have already held talks with Elneny. The reports also state that the negotiations are at the ‘signing stage’, ahead of a potential transfer in January.
Galatasaray manager Faith Terim is said to be a big admirer of the defensive midfielder and has demanded his board to pursue him. Although Elneny departing for the African Cup of Nations in January could be a stumbling block, his move to Turkey seems likely.
Arsenal’s new signings have put more competition for first-team places. Mohamed Elneny has found himself falling down the pecking order, behind the likes of Albert Sambi-Lokonga, Thomas Partey, Martin Odegaard and, when fit, Granit Xhaka..
Nevertheless, suiting to life in the Super Lig will not be a big problem for Elneny, having spent the 19-20 season on loan at Besiktas and making 27 starts for the club before returning to London. If Elneny joins Galatasaray, a reunion with Mesut Ozil in Istanbul is possible, who moved to Fenerbahce this summer.
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