Agent says Arsenal blocked transfer which affects Everton

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Premier League giants Arsenal have blocked Mohamed Elneny’s transfer to CSKA Moscow, with the Russians turning to Everton midfielder Jean-Philippe Gbamin instead, the Egyptian agent has claimed. Sport24.

Given that neither Granit Xhaka nor Thomas Partey tend to stay on the pitch for long – both were sent off in last month’s EFL Cup semi-final loss to Liverpool – who can really blame Mikel Arteta?

Elneny has played just 170 minutes of Premier League football this season.

Arsenal were happy to let Pablo Mari, Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang head out last month. But Elneny was a departure that Arteta was unwilling to accept.

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The 29-year-old father admitted before Christmas that the Arsenal boss ‘wants Mohamed to stay’ amid reported interest from a number of Turkish Super Lig clubs.

And Elneny’s agent William D’Avila struck a similar tone when asked why Russian giants CSKA Moscow missed the chance to take the former Basel ace to the VEB Arena.

“There really was such an option (to sign for CSKA),” admits D’Avila.

“Why did the transfer fail? (Because) Arsenal didn’t want to let Mohamed go.

Does Mohamed Elneny have a future at Arsenal?

Elneny’s contract expires this summer.

Despite Arteta’s undoubted admiration for the longtime enforcer, it seems unlikely that he will put pen to paper on an extension. Especially if Arsenal are fighting competition to bring in Spanish international playmaker Fabian Ruiz from Napoli.

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The Russian transfer window closes on February 22n/a.

CSKA, fourth in the table and eight points behind league leaders Zenit St Petersburg, have now turned their attention to another seldom-seen Premier League enforcer.

Everton’s £25million misfit agent Jean-Philippe Gbamin confirms negotiations with the Moscow-based giants are ‘under way’.

Gbamin was left out of Frank Lampard’s squad as relegation-threatened Everton suffered a 2-0 loss to Southampton on Saturday afternoon.

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