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The idea that Mohamed Elneny, currently on loan from Arsenal to Besiktas in Turkey, could have his deal cut short is growing stronger and stronger.
At least, that’s what the Italian media would have you believe, as we’ve now had two reports in the past three days that Milan could be interested in a January move for the Egypt international.
Struggling for game time under Unai Emery at the Emirates, the 27-year-old was shipped off to the Süper Lig to get some minutes under his belt, but a number of issues have hindered that.
The team’s poor start to the campaign has been problematic, and it’s been reported in Turkey the player is ‘struggling to cope with the situation’, leading him to consider an exit in the next transfer window.
Gazzetta dello Sport on Monday state Milan could be a good landing spot for him, as Stefano Pioli will want to add more experienced players to his young squad, and Elneny fits the bill without being too old at 27.
It’s said the Arsenal man could be ‘useful’ to the new manager, as he could either replace Frank Kessiè (who has been linked to the Premier League) or offer a more ‘muscular’ alternative to the players already present, such as Ismaël Bennacer or even Lucas Biglia.
The Italian newspaper touch on the player’s difficult situation in Turkey, and explain Elneny has ‘already expressed his desire to change team in January’.
If Besiktas are willing to part ways with their summer signing, then they will ‘find an ally’ in Milan, which could lead to an offer being made to Arsenal.
As for the demands coming out of the Emirates, they ‘match the new directive’ at a ‘negotiable’ €15m.