Arsenal miss chance to offload surplus midfielder; Turkish club pulled plug on negotiations
Mohamed Elneny to stay at Arsenal after move breaks down
Arsenal continues to struggle in the dying embers of the European transfer window this summer after reports surfaced through Turkish outlet Milliyet that the Egyptian international had a possible move to Galatasaray vetoed by club president Burak Elmas.
There was earlier interest in Elneny from Besiktas this summer, where he spent a successful season on loan during the 2019-20 campaign while making a combined 36-appearances.
According to @milliyet, after being told #Arsenal were willing to sell, Galatasaray started negotiations with Elneny but his wage demands were too high for the Turkish club. https://t.co/bN7a2EkCST
— Gurjit (@GurjitAFC) September 4, 2021
Despite featuring 41-times last term under Mikel Arteta, Elneny was earmarked as one of the players Arsenal wanted to move away from as their restructuring plan continues, and Galatasaray looked set to swoop in during the finals days of the Turkish window but demands from Elneny reaching a reported €2.5million/year wage packet was deemed too much by Elmas, and negotiations were halted soon after.
Roadblock in the club rebuilding project
Despite being a loyal servant who has gone about his business quietly and without complaint, few – if any – view Elneny as a player that Arsenal should have kept hold of past this summer.
To the club’s credit, they have clearly tried to move on from him, and further evidence of what the Gunners aim to achieve under Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu Gaspar was unveiled in a recent interview by Edu on the club official website.
The profile of player Arsenal have brought in this summer (all players were 23-years-old or younger) was made clear by Edu, who has gone on record stating that the club looks to push forward with a staged rebuild that will take multiple summers to complete, starting from last season.
It is a plan that Elneny hardly fits, and failure to move him on possibly halted the club’s attempt at bringing in another central player this summer apart from RSC Anderlech’t Sambi Lokonga, who has started life at Arsenal well in the early doors of the campaign. Elneny will now be viewed as fourth choice in the center of the park at the Emirates, if not fifth after Ainsley Maitland-Niles has also remained at the club.