Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger hopes to announce the signing of Basel midfielder Mohamed Elneny in the coming days, according to the ​Daily Star.

The Egypt international has reportedly passed his medical and agreed a long-term contract with the Gunners. And now, after initial delays over obtaining a work permit it would appear Wenger has his man.

In his post-match press conference on Saturday, Wenger stopped short of confirming Elneny's move but did admit a transfer was close.

He said: “We hope to announce a player in the next 24 to 48 hours. I don’t need to tell you the name. After that we will see [about other deals].”


Elneny is viewed as a squad player by Wenger, and will come in to cover for the injured Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla - though will be an important member of the squad going forward.

Since singing for Basel in 2013, the 23-year-old has played over 100 times and has helped his side win three consecutive domestic titles.

Another plus for Gunners fans, he is also eligible to play in the Champions League as Basel failed to reach this season's group stage.

He is rumoured to cost the club an initial £5m, though the deal will likely rise to closer to £7.4m given the clauses inserted into the contract.