Mohamed Elneny: Galatasaray make contact with Arsenal about signing midfielder before close of Turkish transfer window

Galatasaray have enquired about Arsenal's 29-year-old midfielder Mohamed Elneny, with the Turkish transfer window closing on Wednesday; the Egypt international has just a year remaining on his contract at the Emirates Stadium

Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny
Image: Arsenal's Mohamed Elneny is the subject of an approach from Galatasaray

Galatasaray have made contact with Arsenal to ask about the possibility of signing midfielder Mohamed Elneny.

The Turkish giants have until the close of their domestic transfer window on Wednesday to conclude a deal for the 29-year-old.

Elneny, who joined Arsenal from Swiss club Basel in 2016, has just a year remaining on his contract in north London.

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Image: Elneny previously spent a season in Turkey on loan at Besiktas

Arsenal might be tempted by the prospect of trying to recoup a small transfer fee, rather than seeing him potentially leave for free next summer.

The Egypt international has previous experience of playing in Turkey having spent the 2019/20 season on loan at Besiktas.

After falling out of favour under former Arsenal boss Unai Emery, he featured 41 times in all competitions last season, in Mikel Arteta's first full campaign in charge at the Emirates Stadium.

Should he move to Galatasaray, he would join a host of players with Premier League experience.

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The Galatasaray squad includes the likes of former Newcastle defender DeAndre Yedlin, Crystal Palace left-back Patrick van Aanholt, one time Liverpool and Fulham forward Ryan Babel, and ex-West Brom striker Mbaye Diagne.

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Image: Mikel Arteta is hoping his new signings at Arsenal can settle quickly

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The right-back, 22, follows Ben White, Albert Sambi Lokonga, Nuno Tavares, Aaron Ramsdale and Martin Odegaard to the Emirates Stadium, with all six signings aged between 21 and 23 years old.

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