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Wenger closing in on first transfer window deal

Basel defensive midfielder Mohamed Elneny is expected to join the Gunners this month.

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

ARSENE WENGER IS confident of securing a new signing “in the next 10 days” to bolster Arsenal’s title chances.

The Premier League leaders are expected to complete a deal for Basel defensive midfielder Mohamed Elneny in the coming days, with the Egypt international reportedly awaiting international clearance to seal a move to the Emirates Stadium.

The transfer fee for Elneny is expected to be around £7 million (€10.3m) and it believed the Egyptian has already passed a medical with the club.

Basel's Mohamed Elneny celebrates a Europa League goal against Fiorentina in September. Source: AP/Press Association Images

Speaking after a 1-0 win over Newcastle United on Saturday, Wenger refused to comment in detail on his transfer plans but the Frenchman hopes to see some movement before the middle of the month.

“I don’t give much away because I don’t know [what's happening with transfers],” he told The Independent.

“I want to talk about them and hopefully we are capable of doing something in the next 10 days.”

Wenger, who is now in his 21st year in charge at the Gunners, does not envisage making more than two signings during the window, however, as he expects some of Arsenal’s injured players to return to action within the coming weeks.

“It’s more about quality than quantity because our players will not stay out injured forever.

“Francis Coquelin is starting to run, Santi Cazorla will be back in mid-February, and Mikel Arteta is back now so, hopefully, if we can add one and, if needed, two maximum.”

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Arsenal have also been heavily linked with Borussia Dortmund’s star striker Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.

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But the Gabon international, who has scored 24 times in 23 games this season, won’t come cheap with the asking price for him believed to be in the region of £40m (€54m).

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