Arsenal set to seal £3million swoop for Nigerian starlets Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze.
Mirror Sport revealed earlier this month that Arsenal had beaten off competition from Man City and Bayern Munich for the pair from the Diamond Football Academy in Umuahia, Abia State.
Arsenal scouted them during last year’s Under-17s World Cup in Chile when Nwakali, 17, was the star of the tournament as he was captain and was also voted Player of the Tournament. Chukwueze, 16, scored three goals and three assists.
Speaking ahead of Arsenal’s FA Cup clash with Burnley, Arsene Wenger – Manager of the Arsenal Football club since 1996 – confirmed that the Gunners are in advanced talks to sign the pair.
When asked whether he expects it to be done before Monday’s deadline, Arsene Wenger said:
Yes. The (talks) are progressing well.
Yes of course 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, 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.
Recall: The Frenchman (Arsene Wenger) admitted he was not planning on adding to his squad. In his words to Skysports, he had said,
We have 23 players in training – and plus two is 25 – so unless people go out we are not on the verge of bringing anybody in.
Arsene Wenger is also ready to hand the £5million January arrival from Basel, Switzerland, who has been on the bench for the past two games a first taste of action on Saturday’s FA Cup clash against Burnley .
Source: Mirror Online