Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny is in his final year of contract and lack of playing time this season could see him leave the Emirates, either in the winter market or next summer.
Recent reports from the Turkish press have continually named Galatasaray as the main contender to sign the midfielder.
His father, however, had ruled out a January move because the Gunners don’t intend to terminate his contract midway through the season since Mikel Arteta still believes in the player.
That has not stopped Elneny from getting linked with a move away from Arsenal. According to Ajansspor, Beşiktaş have the Egypt international on their agenda for the next window.
They have dropped to 10th in the table, after managing only one win in last six league matches. Despite the poor run, Beşiktaş have decided not to sack manager Sergen Yalçın, who has requested reinforcements in January.
Mikel Arteta’s man has emerged as a candidate for the midfield as Yalçın ‘wants’ Beşiktaş to bring the former Basel man back to the club.
Elneny has featured six times in all competitions this season and it’s clear he is having ‘difficulty’ to get more game time at Arsenal, and a move away from the north London club next month could see the player enjoy more minutes in the second half of the season.
Yalçın is an admirer of Elneny and in September 2020, the Beşiktaş manager had publicly expressed his disappointment over not being able to retain the African.
“Elneny was the player we wished that he wouldn’t go, but his cost was too high. He played in the starting line-up in the Arsenal vs Liverpool match. He has a high cost but is a quality football player. For us Besiktas, we have to adjust our budget and balance the budget given by TFF,” Yalçın said last year.