Report: Agent says Arsenal midfielder ‘could make January transfer’ or leave on a Bosman

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny by joshjdss, CC BY 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Mohamed Elneny could be on his way out of Arsenal in January or July as he’s on the periphery under Mikel Arteta and will be out of contract in the coming months – Arsenal have a decision to make whether to cash in early or risk losing the 29-year-old on a free transfer at the end of the season.

Elneny’s next destination could be Turkey after agent William D’avila cited interest from the likes of Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Basaksehir, Besiktas and Trabzonspor. He told Radyospor (h/t Sport Witness): “It’s a good opportunity for Elneny, so he wants to play for Galatasaray.

“Mohamed Elneny’s contract expires at the end of the season, so he could make an advantageous transfer in January or sign a pre-contract deal with a team for the following season. Apart from Galatasaray, Fenerbahce, Basaksehir, Besiktas or Trabzonspor are (also) interested in Elneny.”

The Egyptian international joined Arsenal from FC Basel in 2016 and has gone on to make 133 appearances in all competitions, scoring five goals with eight assists. Elneny was an unused substitute 80 times while 30% of his appearances came from the bench and 26% resulted in him being subbed.

Arteta has handed Elneny just 44 minutes of Premier League football this season as he’s preferred Thomas Partey, Granit Xhaka, Sambi Lokonga and Ainsley Maitland-Niles in midfield. Arsenal paid £11m for Elneny but aren’t likely to get a lot of money back through his sale as his deal is nearly up.

The Gunners rejected a bid from Gala at the start of the campaign, so they had the chance to cash in and didn’t take it. Now Elneny is on the periphery in North London and running his deal down until it expires. Clubs abroad can agree a Bosman deal at the turn of the year if they’re willing to wait until July to have him, or Arsenal could let him go in January for money up front.

With so much interest from clubs in Turkey, the Gunners should be able to extract some value from the midfielder. If Elneny is not getting minutes on the pitch, why prolong the inevitable? Arteta clearly doesn’t need him anymore.