Mohamed Elneny’s proposed move to Arsenal took a step closer to completion after he missed training with FC Basel and the Swiss club confirmed he could leave “in the coming days”.
The news was confirmed on FC Basel’s official Twitter page – meaning that all is left to do is complete the last and remaining formalities between the player himself, and Arsenal.
— FC Basel 1893 🇬🇧 (@FC_Basel_en) January 5, 2016
The signing of Elneny would be a fantastic coup for Arsene Wenger’s side, given that the current Premier League leaders have had a plethora of injuries this season – particularly in midfield. He would add bite, crisp passing and some much needed central midfield depth.
First choice central midfield pair, Santi Cazorla and Francis Coquelin have been nursing serious knee injuries, whilst Jack Wilshere is another long term casualty.
However Arsene Wenger revealed that the trio could be back in Febuary, albeit at different times:
“Coquelin is running again, hopefully Cazorla will be back mid-February.”
According to The Mirror, Elneny was a notable absentee following FC Basel’s first training session after Christmas, meaning that he can complete his move to North London with a fee rumoured to be in the valuation of around £5m – £7m.