English Premiership club, Arsenal FC is already completing plans to sign up Nigeria’s Under-17 stars, Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze.
It has been gathered from reliable sources, that the youngsters are expected to complete their transfers this month after the club beat off competition from leading clubs across Europe. The wonder kids will join the club’s youth set up until they are eligible to sign professional contracts when they turn 18.
This will be a major boost for Arsenal as they look to bolster their youth set-up which has struggled in recent times under academy boss, Andries Jonker.
The boys who are both products of the Diamond Football Academy in Umuahia, Abia State, were sought for by some big European clubs after their performance during the the U-17 World Cup in Chile last year which they won.
Kelechi, 17, won the best player of the tournament while Chukwueze, 16, scored three goals and showed great skills during the tournament .
Arsenal FC boss, Arsene Wenger believes Arsenal have won the race, and have beaten off competition from Manchester City and Bayern Munich to sign the youngsters. He is expected to seal the £3m deal with the Diamond Football Academy in Umuahia, this month.
According to Diamond Football Academy’s General manager, Prince Apugo:
“Both players have great potentials and we cannot afford to let money becloud our judgment in choosing a club for them. Our priority is their development and we are determined to ensure this is put into consideration before we accept any offers for them. Already we are deep in discussions and have gone very far with a big club with a rich history of encouraging young players and giving them chances.”
It is believed that Egypt’s midfielder, Mohamed Elneny, will also join the boys at the Emirates. The 23-year-old is currently in London to complete the formalities on a four-and-a-half year contract at Arsenal.
According to SkySports, Mohamed Elneny has already undergone and completed his medical and the hope is that the deal can be finalized in time for him to feature at the Britannia Stadium.
He has been targeted as a replacement for the injured Francis Coquelin in that defensive midfield role.