Arsenal turned down a late bid for midfielder Mohamed Elneny from Galatasaray before the Turkish transfer window closed.
The window in Turkey closed on Wednesday, and the Super Lig side made an enquiry about the availability of the Egyptian international, who has previously spent a season on loan with Istanbul rivals Beşiktaș.
However, despite the fact that Elneny has just one year left on his existing contract at the Emirates, and the North London club has shown no indications they are prepared to offer him an extension, the offer was rebuffed.
Elney’s wage demands were reported to an issue, and the player is also reported to be part of their plans for this season, although he is by no means first-choice.
And the Gunners are set to be without his services for the whole of January, along with Thomas Partey and Nicolas Pépé, because of the African Cup of Nations.
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