Mohamed Elneny is assessing his options after two foreign clubs made contact with Arsenal over a possible summer transfer, football.london understands.
Elneny made 41 appearances for the Gunners last season as won the Arsenal Goal of the Season award for his strike against Dundalk in the Europa League group stages.
The 29-year-old was substituted after 33 minutes during Arsenal’s behind-closed-doors friendly against Brentford on Thursday, although football.london understands the midfield was taken off as a precaution.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is a fan of Elneny having played with the midfield during his time as a player at Emirates Stadium, but could allow the Egyptian to leave after doing a u-turn on Ainsley Maitland-Niles.
Arteta and technical director Edu blocked Maitland-Niles from being loaned out to Everton on transfer deadline day, and the England international has been assured that he is considered an important player for the club going forward.
It’s also expected that the 24-year-old will get game time in midfield this season, which will put Elneny further down the pecking order with Thomas Partey and Sambi Lokonga both ahead of him.
football.london understands that two Turkish clubs have expressed an interest in signing Elneny with rumours in Turkey linking him with a move to Besiktas and Galatasaray.
Elneny previously spent time on loan at Besiktas when Unai Emery was head coach.
No decision has been made yet and it’s understood that Elneny will only be allowed to leave if the ‘right’ offer is received.
He’s scored five goals for the Gunners during his time at Emirates Stadium and put his improved goalscoring form down to extra shooting training with Arsenal assistant coach Steve Round.
Source by Football London