Arsenal chief Edu has agreed to let midfielder Mohamed Elneny leave on a free transfer in January.

That’s according to FotoMac, who say Edu has ‘reached an agreement’ with Elneny’s agent for him to ‘leave for free’ when the January transfer window opens.

They state that the ‘road to Istanbul’ and particularly Galatasaray has now been opened for the Egyptian midfielder, who will be allowed to join the Turkish side for free should he be able to find an agreement with them.

Elneny has been heavily linked with Galatasaray for the last few months after finding himself on the periphery under Mikel Arteta.

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Those rumours have ramped up in recent weeks as we get closer to January, with it recently claimed a deal was at the signing stage.

That was followed by claims that he was ‘expected’ to sign for the Turkish side, with a deal already seemingly in place.

FotoMac now indicate that could be the case, with Edu and Arsenal having agreed to let Elneny leave on a free transfer and thus the road to an exit ‘has been opened’.

That makes sense given his contract expires in the summer, and he was free to sign a pre-contract agreement with whom he liked once January opened anyway, although we’re sure some Arsenal fans will question why they haven’t pushed for even a minimal fee.

That seems to have been forgotten as part of the agreement with his agent, and now all roads seemingly lead to a return to Turkey and Galatasaray.