According to the Turkish newspaper Turkiye, Besiktas chief Sergen Yalcin wants to keep Arsenal loanee Mohamed Elneny in the team for next season.
The Egyptian joined the Black Eagles from the GUnners on a season-long loan deal at the start of the season and he’s been featuring regularly for the Super Lig giants since his arrival.
Turkiye claim Besiktas officials will soon open negotiations with Arsenal over another loan as they have ruled out the possibility of signing the star on a permanent deal.
Elneny’s redemption clause is set at €18 million, but it’s highly unlikely the club will be able to pay this to the Gunners given their financial status.
However, they will look to loan him for another one year, with their manager Sergen Yalcin said to be very content with Elneny’s midfield partnership with veteran Atiba Hutchinson.
The 27-year-old player has made 23 appearances for Besiktas across all competitions in this campaign. His deal at the Emirates will expire at the end of the summer of 2022.
Meantime, former Liverpool midfielder Graeme Souness has lavished praise on Arsenal forward Nicolas Pepe for the Ivory Coast international’s contribution versus Newcastle United on Sunday.
He was keen to pay tribute to the player after the match and even drew comparisons with the Gunners’ “best ever player” Thierry Henry.
“I think there is a real, real player in there,” Graeme told Sky Sports News. “You think of their best ever player Thierry, he came here and didn’t have a great first season, took some time, and I see Pepe being a star here, great feet, electric and still a baby.”