Leicester City, West Ham United and Valencia all tried to land Mohamed Elneny from Arsenal during the transfer market, according to the midfielder’s agent.
Elneny swapped the Gunners for Besiktas on a season-long loan in the summer after falling down the midfield pecking order at the Emirates Stadium.
The Egypt international was also understood to be wanted by other clubs, while reports in Italy this week claimed AC Milan may make an approach in the January transfer window.
“He received a lot of offers last summer, led by Leicester City, West Ham and Valencia, but Besiktas managed to settle the deal with Arsenal,” entourage Alan Nazmy told Egyptian TV channel Time Sport.
“Milan and Roma previously tried to sign the player during the last winter transfer window, but the negotiations didn’t work then, and he received more than one offer as well.”
Questioned about fresh rumoured interest from Rossoneri, Nazmy said: “I can’t talk about it.”
Elneny made 89 matches for Arsenal in all competitions after joining from Swiss outfit FC Basel in 2016, including 17 outings last season.
Arsenal chief Unai Emery allowed the 27-year-old star to leave following the arrival of Dani Ceballos and emergence of academy graduate Joe Willock, but the door has not been closed on a return in 2020.
“Emery didn’t ask for his departure from Arsenal because of his performance,” Alan said. “He demanded that [Elneny] took a chance to develop his performance and return again. It is possible for him to play with Arsenal again. It still remains a strong possibility.”