FC Basel midfielder Mohamed El-Neny is closing in on a transfer to Premier league giants Arsenal for a fee of £5 million and the club has officially confirmed
that El-Neny transfer is right on the cards, which was supported by the fact that Elneny missed Monday’s training session.
After coming back from the winter break, Basel continued its training from Monday and the player missed it, according to reports.
“Also absent was Mohamed Elneny, in which there could be a transfer in the coming days,” the Swiss club claimed in a training report on their website.
The Gunners manager did not let out much information with regard to this topic when he was aksed about the potential transfer of Elneny to Arsenal, after
Arsenal’s 1-0 win over Newcastle on Saturday.
“I have nothing to say because he’s not our player and we have not signed anybody and we are not imminently in a position where we
can say we signed anybody.”
“We’re out there to get somebody but at the moment we haven’t signed anybody.”
Wenger also added that,”Nobody knocks on your door at Christmas and says ‘I have a fantastic player to sell to Arsenal,’ so you have to be realistic.”
Arsenal are actually waiting for a work permit to be granted to the Egyptian player.
The midfielder is believed to fit into Wenger’s plans and will be used to provide cover for the injured Francis Coquelin.
The work permit is becoming an issue because of the 57th position of Egypt in FIFA’s rankings, which does not help the cause automatically.
Wenger is keen to complete the transfer within the next ten days to bring in the strong midfielder.
Elneny joined FC Basel and guided the club to three consecutive Swiss titles and his recent form is an excellent confirmation of his abilities, having scored
two goals in five matches in the Champions League, despite being used as a holding midfielder.
Arsenal’s central midfield would get a facelift with his addition given that Santi Cazorla is also out with injury.