Arsenal have completed the signing of young Nigerian midfielder Kelechi Nwakali, after he impressed on trial, according to reports.
Sports Day (via Goal) claim the 17-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-and-a-half-year deal after he impressed on trial. The Gunners have agreed a fee of ‘more than £2million’ with the Diamond Football Academy in Nigeria.
“Kelechi has signed a five-year deal with Arsenal,” a representative close to the player told Sports Day. “I won’t be able to mention the exact transfer fee but it is above £2million.”
Kelechi’s teammate, Samuel Chukwueze, is also closing in on a move to the Emirates, according to the Mirror.
In an interview last month, Arsene Wenger declared his interest in the youngsters and revealed Arsenal were working towards a £3million double swoop.
“Yes. The (talks) are progressing well,” Wenger said. “There are work permit issues. There are medical issues, because they have to make medicals. It’s progressing well.
“We identified Nwakali as the player of the tournament [Under-17 World Cup], basically, and as a top player. We will see if we can manage to get it over the line during this transfer period. [If we can], we will do it. He (Chukwueze) is signing as well.”
Nwakali and Chukwueze were both part of the Nigerian under-17 side that lifted the World Cup in Chile last year. Their performances certainly didn’t go unnoticed either as Bayern Munich and Arsenal’s Premier League rivals Manchester City were also credited with an interest in the pair.