Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger expects to confirm the signing of Basel midfield Mohamed Elneny in the coming days.
It was hoped that Elneny’s £7.4m move would be announced last week, but administrative issues have caused a delay.
However, Wenger is confident that the delay will only be a temporary inconvenience.
“I expect movement [this week],” said Wenger. “I think this week it can happen, we are positive.”
“The situation should be sorted out. There’s a lot of work permit problems and special paperwork to do and the visa. We hope to finalise it this week.
“As long as it’s not definitely signed you have to be cautious, but I’m optimistic.”
Elneny joined Basel in 2013. He has 39 senior caps for Egypyt, scoring three times.
— Sky Sports Football (@SkyFootball) January 4, 2016