Arsenal outcast Mohamed Elneny could be handed an escape route from his Beskitas nightmare as AC Milan plot a January move.
Midfielder Elneny joined Besiktas on loan after falling out of favour under Arsenal boss Unai Emery.
He played just under eight times in the Premier League under Emery last season – but so far his spell at Besiktas hasn’t been much better, as he was sent off in his first game and handed a three-match ban, while the club are down in 12th place in the Super Lig.
And according to Turkish news outlet Fotospor via Kingfut, the Egypt international wants a move away from the struggling club in January as he is having some issues with board members and coaching staff.
But AC Milan are ready to throw him a lifeline as they look to bolster their midfield, according to Italian publication Gazzetta dello Sport.
The Gazzatta says Milan boss Stefano Pioli has identified Elneny as a player who can improve his team in the winter window – although the Italian club will have to bid around £13million for Arsenal to part company with him.
Elneny joined the Gunners under Arsene Wenger, and has made 89 appearances for the north London club.
However, the 27-year-old never made himself a fixture in the first team, with 14 the most number of Premier League appearances he managed in his three full seasons at the club.
Last term he made just 17 outings in all competitions, and hadn’t featured in the opening month of the current campaign after he was further usurped early this season by youngster Joe Willock.
At Basel one of his team-mates was his compatriot Mo Salah, and the two are still close.
Speaking to Turkish newspaper Milliyet, via SportWitness, Elneny said: “Salah is my brother. We played in the same team in Egypt and then he left to join Basel.
“After that, I followed him, and I joined Basel. We were together most of the time. Then he went to England, after that I went to England.
“I don’t want to say he is my friend because he is much closer to me.”