Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has told talkSPORT that he expects the Gunners first signing of the January transfer window to be completed within ten days, while also hinting that he may look to bring in a total of two players this month.
Arsenal have been linked with a move for Egyptian international defensive midfielder Mohamed Elneny, with several national newspapers including the Independent claiming that a £7.3 million deal has already been agreed with the 23-year-old’s club Basel, and that he has successfully completed a medical.
The ten day period Wenger may be referring to is the time it will take in order to obtain a work permit that will allow him to play football in the United Kingdom, which according to the Independent is more difficult this season due to a change in the Football Association’s rules regarding foreign players.
Following the 1-0 win over Newcastle United, Wenger was asked if he would care to comment on any of the latest transfer rumours regarding Arsenal, to which the Frenchman replied: “I don’t give much away [about transfers] because I don’t know [what’s going on].
“I want to talk about them and hopefully we are capable of doing something in the next 10 days.
“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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“It’s not a dream. Nobody knocks at your door at Christmas and says ‘I have a fantastic player to sell to Arsenal.’ You have to be realistic.”
The big question now is who the second signing may be, and while we would all like to think it will be a big name striker, it appears Wenger is looking for cover rather than the next Mesut Ozil or Alexis Sanchez.