West Ham and Leicester both tried to sign Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny in the summer after the midfielder pushed through a move away from The Emirates.
That is, according to Elneny’s agent Alaa Nazmy, who has been speaking about the Besiktas loan man’s future.
The Egypt enforcer saw his game time limited under Unai Emery last season, with the midfielder making just 17 appearances in all competitions for the Gunners.
That led Elneny to search for other options in the summer with his agent revealing that AC Milan were among multiple clubs that tried to sign his client in the summer.
The Rossoneri are still believed to be interested in the 27-year-old and could make a move for the player in January, who under the terms of his season-long loan at Besiktas can be recalled in January.
Nazmy refused to say whether Milan remain interested in the player, but he did confirm that Emery did not want to sell the player and he could still have a future in north London.
“Milan and Roma tried to sign the player during the last winter transfer window,” Nazmy told Time Sport via Goal. “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,” Nazmy said.
Elneny has made just three appearances for Beisktas so far and with Milan set to lose Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie, then Elneny could be a potential replacement.
“I can’t talk about the renewal of the Milan negotiations to sign Elneny during the next transfer window,” Nazmy added.
“(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.”