AC Milan and Roma have an interest in the services of Mohamed Elneny.
The Arsenal player, currently on loan at Turkish side Besiktas, was linked with a move to Serie A last January.
His agent claims that Milan and Roma were keen to sign the player, but Arsenal blocked the move.
While he is happy in Turkey, he still has aspirations of playing at the very highest level, and he considers Serie A to be just that.
Alaa Namzy the player’s agent spoke to Time Sport about his client’s future and the failed dream move.
“Milan and Roma tried to sign the player during the last winter transfer window.”
“But the negotiations didn’t work then, and he received more than one offer as well.”
“Elneny received a lot of offers last summer.”
“Led by Leicester City, West Ham United, and Valencia, but Besiktas managed to settle the deal with Arsenal.”
The current loan deal runs until the end of the 2019/20 season, and then the agent will seek the next best deal that is on the table for Elneny.
He was not sure where that would be though.
“I can’t talk about the renewal of the Milan negotiations to sign Elneny during the next transfer window.”
“(Arsenal manager Unai) Emery didn’t ask for [Elneny’s] departure from Arsenal because of his performance.”
“But [Elneny] demanded to take a chance to develop his performance and return again.”
“It is possible for him to play with Arsenal again and it still remains strong.”
Elneny’s Arsenal contract actually expires in the summer of 2020, so he will be free to negotiate with whoever he wants outside of the English Premier League as of January.
Then in the summer English suitors can get involved too.
I am very excited to be joining Turkish giants Besiktas and I look forward to achieving our targets in the Super Lig and Europe. 🦅
To my dear Arsenal fans and team mates ,i wish all the success for the season and be sure that i will be following the teams progress from Istanbul pic.twitter.com/DXl0SdEAW2
— Mohamed ELNeny (@ElNennY) August 31, 2019