Arsenal are poised to make Mohamed Elnenny their first addition of the January transfer window, with it understood that the player is undertaking a medical today.
Only a few days ago did it emerge that the FC Basel midfielder was a priority target of Arsene Wenger’s ahead of the winter window opening. It now looks as though the Frenchman has all but got his man.
Elnenny deal done?
The Sun say that a deal could be finalised as soon as later today, with the Egypt international supposedly in France so that things can be ironed out.
A versatile midfielder by trade, Elnenny is a cheap option a £5 million; one that could add much-needed cover to several areas of Wenger’s squad.
With the likes of Francis Coquelin and Santi Cazorla out for the foreseeable and Tomas Rosicky and Mikel Arteta well into the latter stages of their respective careers, it makes sense that Wenger would move to bolster the middle of the park.
A positive purchase
That said, some Gunners fans may wonder if Elnenny is experienced enough to cope with the rigours of the Premier League, particularly when Arsenal are looking like credible title contenders heading into the second-half of the campaign.
In any case, the early capture of a target is positive news for those associated with the red half of north London. Elnenny might be a surprise purchase, but at the very least he’ll provide more depth for Wenger’s squad.
Here are some of Elnenny's best bits (for those less familiar with him):
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