Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny has been rejected by AC Milan after personally approaching club officials about a move to the Serie A side, according to reports.
Elneny, signed by the Gunners from Basel in 2016, was sent out on loan for the season at Besiktas in September but he has failed to impress in Turkey having made only nine appearances in all competitions.
The Egyptian international’s chances of making it in Unai Emery’s squad next season look slim and according to Italian outlet Calciomercato, that – along with his poor form for Besiktas – led Elneny to look for a move elsewhere.
It is said that the midfielder and one of his representatives spoke with Milan officials and attempted to persuade them that they should consider bringing him to the club in the January transfer window.
However, the report claims that Milan directors Paolo Maldini and Zvonimir Boban brushed off the idea, saying that he would not be a priority target.
What’s more, Calciomercato adds that the directors believe that if they were to sign Elneny, he would likely receive a restricted amount of game time with other midfielders ahead of him in the pecking order.
Elneny has made 89 appearances for Arsenal to date, chipping in with two goals and eight assists in that time.