Mohamed Elneny's Arsenal exit hinging on one thing after Unai Emery told ace to leave

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Mohamed Elneny is close to leaving Arsenal but his wage demands are proving a sticking point in negotiations with Galatasaray.

The Turkish giants are poised to make one last-ditch attempt to tempt Mohamed Elneny into quitting Arsenal.

Elneny, 27, who joined Arsenal three years ago from Swiss side Basel, has struggled to feature under Emery since he took over from Arsene Wenger last summer.

He has attracted the interest of several Turkish Super Lig sides this summer, most notably Galatasaray and their fierce rivals Fenerbahce.

But despite visiting Turkey for talks, Elneny has been unable to reach an agreement with the main sticking point his wage demands.

Elneny earns around £55,000 a week at Emirates Stadium where he has three years remaining on his contract.

Galatasaray have offered him just £25,000, however, and he isn’t keen on taking such a big pay cut.

Galatasaray are hoping that Arsenal will help them make up the shortfall and haven’t given up hope a deal can be struck.

Gunners boss Unai Emery told the Egyptian international earlier this year that he was free to leave the Emirates Stadium as he wasn’t in his plans.

At his Friday press conference, the Spanish coach said of Elneny and defender Shkodran Mustafi: “They are very big players but for one circumstance or another they are going to have fewer chances to show their capacity or to be happy with us and the minutes they play in matches.

“But they know the situation and really I am wishing the best for them.

“I think now the best for them is to be protagonists in another team and to get another challenge for themselves.

“Last year with Mustafi and Mo, when they didn’t play they weren’t happy and I spoke with them a lot of times last year and this pre-season.

“I think it is positive for them to leave and sign for another team where they can be protagonists and be happy and continue their careers.”

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