Arsenal have moved closer to the signing of FC Basel defensive midfielder Mohammed Elneny, according to reports.
The Gunners have moved to complete the signing of the 23 year old after Wenger revealed they were short in midfield.
“I’ll be busy, that’s for sure. I am already busy and I said already one month ago we are a bit short to deal with all the competitions we face, especially in midfield. We will be busy, yes.”
However, the Guardian claims the player has already agreed personal terms with Arsenal and is set to be the club’s first January signing.
But the deal will be delayed because the player has not been granted a work permit. The midfielder’s case is complicated because his national team Egypt is currently out of Fifa top 50 ranked team and the FA rules only makes provision for Non European players in which their country is in the top 50.
However, the deal is expected to go through as the North London club will be given special dispensation to sign the player.
Elneny is set to provide cover for both Carzola and Coquelin and has scored 2 goals in 16 league appearances for Basel this term. He is set to join the Gunners for a fee of £7.3m, as per the Guardian.