The player himself confirmed to Ahram online that he has agreed on a four-and-a-half-year contract worth £65,000-a-week with Arsenal and he has completed his medicals and only awaits his work permit to complete his move.
The work permit is another great issue as recent news from the Guardian state that, “Egypt have slipped outside of the top 50 in Fifa’s rankings after failing to qualify for the past three editions of the Africa Cup of Nations. Under new regulations introduced by the Football Association at the end of last season, non-EEA (European Economic Area) players have to meet a minimum percentage of international matches played for their country over the previous 24 month period, as long as they are in the top 50.Egypt’s current position of 57 does not meet those requirements, meaning Arsenal are likely to face an appeal. But with Elneny having featured in every competitive match for the Pharaohs over the past two years, they are expected to be granted special dispensation to sign him.”
When confronted about the midfielder situation, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger said, “You know more than me. Sadly we cannot announce anything at the moment. Nothing has been concluded.”