Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger will complete the £5million transfer of Mohamed Elneny after the Egyptian midfielder underwent a medical on Tuesday in Paris.
Elneny, 23, must pass the medical, having already agreed personal terms on a contract worth around £60,000-a-week and will also need to wait on a work permit to join the Gunners’ Premier League challenge.
That is expected to be a formality as Elneny is a regular for club and country and has also made big progress in the past three seasons.
Elneny began his career with Al Ahly in Egypt when he was an academy player – first playing for their youth sides when he was just five years old.
He never played a first team fixture for the club and after 11 years he moved to El Mokawloon, where he did break through into the senior squad and became a first team regular.
He signed for current club Basel in January 2013, initially on loan, before penning a permanent deal six months later.
He is expected to play against Nigeria for the Pharoahs of Egypt in next year’s 2017 African Cup of Nations qualifiers in March.