Galatasaray initially ‘gave up’ on Mohamed Elneny before re-establishing contact to sign the Arsenal midfielder on Wednesday, which was deadline day of the Turkish transfer window.

On September 8th, we covered claims made by Takvim that the 29-year-old had reached an ‘agreement in principle’ with the Süper Lig side.

It was also explained Faith Terim’s side would have to negotiate a deal with the Gunners, if they were to complete the transfer.

The window closed and Galatasaray ended up without the Egypt international.

According to FotoMac, the Turkish club showed interest in Mikel Arteta’s man and a few other targets ‘until the last minute’ of the market. They even made contact to acquire Elneny’s services, but an agreement couldn’t be found ‘due to the high costs’.

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It’s not made clear whether the agreement was not found with the north London club, the former Basel man or with both.

Over at Hurriyet, they say Galatasaray finished the window ‘without Elneny’, and that’s because Arsenal ‘did not back down’ to sanction the midfielder’s transfer.

The Istanbul based club ended the window by signing Gustavo Assunção from Famalicão.