Besiktas have reportedly stepped up efforts to sign Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny with the Turkish transfer window closing next week.
According to Turkish publication NTV Spor, the Istanbul-based club are eager to sign the Egyptian midfielder before the window closes in six days. As per the report, Besiktas have submitted an ‘official offer’ to Arsenal for Elneny.
The 29-year-old Arsenal dynamo spent the 2019/20 season with Besiktas where Elneny became a fan favourite at the club.
The Turkish giants wanted to make the deal permanent last summer, but no deal was ever made.
Indeed, Elneny remained at Arsenal last season and found himself a regular under Mikel Arteta. The midfielder made 41 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners, scoring three goals as the north London side failed to qualify for Europe.
With Besiktas winning the Turkish Super Lig last season, Sergen Yalcin’s side will compete in the UEFA Champions League group stage. They were drawn against Borussia Dortmund, Ajax and Sporting Lisbon in Group C.
Moreover, Elneny’s contract at Arsenal due to expire next year and no talks are planned on an extension. This means that there is a chance that the midfielder could make a dramatic departure from the Gunners to return to Besiktas.
Indeed, with six days of the Turkish window left, it will be interesting to see if the Istanbul giants secure the signature of Elneny with time running out for Besiktas.