First published: 29th December, 2015, 8:01 AM
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Mohamed Elneny’s proposed transfer to Arsenal is now ’99 per cent done’, sources close to the situation have told Football Insider.
Elneny has agreed the terms of a four-and-a-half-year contract and the Gunners’ bid of £5.2million has been accepted by the midfielder’s club Basle.
He will undergo a medical in Paris on Tuesday as he prepares to complete a move to Emirates Stadium in the early days of the January transfer window, which opens on Friday.
The only remaining hurdle to the deal being formalised is that the 23-year-old Egyptian must wait for clearance on a visa.
A source close to the situation has told Football Insider that the transfer is ’99 per cent done’ and that the deal should go through later this week.
Arsene Wenger is set to strengthen his midfield after Arsenal defeated Bournemouth 2-0 on Monday evening to climb back to the top of the Premier League, although Leicester will reclaim first place if they defeat Manchester City on Tuesday night.
Wenger has sanctioned an early move for a central midfielder after long-term injuries robbed him of the services of first-choice pair Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla until at least March and possibly longer.
With Mathieu Flamini and Mikel Arteta out of contract next summer, and Jack Wilshere still absent through injury, Wenger has given the green light to land Elneny.
Elneny, who has won 40 caps for the Egypt national team, fits the bill for Arsenal because of his pedigree, versatility and relatively good value.
He joined Basle, initially on loan, in January 2013 and has won three consecutive Swiss league titles with the club.