According to The Mirror, Marseille are considering a move for Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny, who has dropped further down the pecking order following Sunday’s Premier League opener against Manchester City.
The Gunners are not permitted to bring any more players into the club, but foreign outfits can still poach members of their team until the end of August.
The Mirror reports that Ligue 1’s Marseille are deliberating over whether or not to launch a bid for Elneny.
The Egyptian international extended his contract a matter of months ago, but that was carried out under former manager Arsene Wenger.
With Unai Emery now in charge, it seems that Elneny’s future has shifted, and that was evident on Sunday when the midfielder failed to make an appearance during the Gunners’ 2-0 defeat to Manchester City.
When Emery took over from Wenger, there was an argument for Elneny to become a crucial part of the team due to his ability to adapt to the new manager’s style of play.
However, Sunday proved that the 26-year-old, who is valued at £9m by Transfermarkt, is unlikely to play a huge role this season.
If Elneny was unsure about what to do, then perhaps Matteo Guendouzi’s performance against City has pushed him closer to the exit door.
When the teenager agreed to join Arsenal, many would have assumed he would be a target for the future, but in his showing against the champions, the midfielder proved that he is worthy of a squad place in the first team.
For Elneny, the fact that Lucas Torreira came off the bench ahead of him during the fixture is an even bigger sign that he should consider his options.