Arsenal have rejected an offer from Galatasaray for the services of Mohamed Elneny, according to football.london.
The Turkish Super Lig side are looking to add some steel to their midfield ranks, and they still have a day left to do so given that the transfer window over there closes on September 8th. Fullbacks Cedric Soares and Sead Kolasinac are also objects of interest for clubs in the country.
The Gunners won 4-0 in a friendly match against Brentford behind closed doors on Thursday, in which Elneny was subbed off after only 33 minutes as a precaution due to a minor muscle problem.
Following Arsenal’s decision not to allow Ainsley Maitland-Niles to leave this summer, it is believed that the club would be willing to part ways with Elneny for a suitable price, even though Arteta rates the player with whom he himself used to play at the club highly. Having arrived from Basel in 2016, the 29-year-old Egyptian has gone on to make a total of 132 appearances in all competitions so far, scoring five times and producing eight assists. This term, he sat the opening two Premier League matches on the bench, and the only minutes he has spent on the pitch in the league were the second 45 in the 5-0 defeat to Manchester City, after Granit Xhaka picked up a red card.
Galatasaray are now expected to come back with an increased bid for Elneny within the next 24 hours. Should the move happen, Maitland-Niles might actually get some game-time in his preferred role in the middle of the park, even though he seemed set to fill in at right-back again after the departure of Hector Bellerin to Real Betis. However, the largest part of the burden will likely fall on Xhaka and Thomas Partey when it comes to shielding the back line. Albert Sambi Lokonga and Calum Chambers could also fill in utmost need.