Besiktas Make Move For Arsenal Outcast Mohamed Elneny, Talks Underway

Arsenal's Egyptian midfielder Mohamed Elneny attends a training session at the Baku Olympic Stadium in Baku on May 28, 2019 on the eve of the UEFA Europa League final football match between Chelsea and Arsenal. (Photo by OZAN KOSE / AFP) (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

Besiktas have made a move for Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny.

A Besiktas insider informed Turkish-Football that Elneny is a target and that they have contacted Arsenal through intermediaries for a loan move.

The Black Eagles have also held talks with Elneny who is open to playing football in Turkey.

Besiktas are keen on signing a new central midfielder and with Gary Medel nearing an exit bringing in a replacement will become top priority.

Arsenal manager Unai Emery made it clear that he has no plans for the Egypt international this season and went as far as to tell the midfielder to consider finding a new club.

“We have now some players, they know their situation,” Emery was quoted as saying by the Telegraph.

“For example, Elneny and Mustafi know their position in the squad and really I want the players to be happy here, I want the players to be protagonists here.

“Last year with Mustafi and Mo, when they didn’t play they weren’t happy and I spoke with them a lot of times last year and this pre-season and I think it is positive for them to leave and sign for another team where they can be protagonists and be happy and continue their careers.”

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Galatasaray recently held talks with Elneny in London after club official Sukru Hanedar traveled to the capital.

The Lions have, however, pulled out of negotiations over Elneny after signing Steven N’Zonzi from Roma.

Elneny has two-years remaining on his contract but has not featured for the Gunners this term. In fact, he has not featured in the matchday squad for any of Arsenal’s first three games of the season.

Besiktas would be able to offer the 28-year-old regular first-team football this season.

The Black-Whites have picked up three points from their first two games this season and take on Rizespor in the Super Lig on Saturday 31 August.