Bordeaux linked to second Arsenal swoop of summer

Arsenal are keen to cash in on Mohamed Elneny during the January transfer window and replace him with Villarreal's Pablo Fornals.

Bordeaux have been linked with a move for a second Arsenal player with Mohamed Elneny in their crosshairs after they landed Laurent Koscielny.

However, the Ligue 1 club are only looking for a cheap loan deal before the French transfer window shuts on September 2.

Foot Mercato state Bordeaux know the midfielder is available and have switched their focus to the Egyptian after negotiations to sign Youssef Ait-Bennasser from Monaco got “bogged down”.

The 27-year-old made just five Premier League starts last season and failed to make the bench for the opening three games of the current campaign.

He was involved 17 times for the Gunners across all competitions in 2018-19 and is behind the likes of Lucas Torreira, Matteo Guendouzi, Granit Xhaka and Joe Willock in the central midfield pecking order.

Gunners boss Unai Emery has openly advised him, along with error-prone centre-back Shkodran Mustafi, to leave the Emirates Stadium before the deadline.

The Spaniard said the duo “are going to have fewer chances to show their capacity or to be happy with us and the minutes they play” in a major hint to the players to find new clubs.

If Elneny were to join Bordeaux he would be linking up again with his former Gunners skipper Koscielny.

The Frenchman caused a major stink earlier this summer when he refused to go on the club’s pre-season tour of the US in a bid to force an exit.

Arsenal eventually banked £4.6m for the sale of the 33-year-old to Bordeaux, but that wasn’t the end of the rancour as Koscielny then made the questionable move of stripping off his old Arsenal shirt in his club’s ‘signing reveal’ video.

Whether that has soured relations between the clubs remains to be seen but Elneny would be well-advised not to follow suit – particularly as he only appears destined to join on loan.