Kelechi Nwakali agrees five-year contract with Arsenal


Nigerian midfielder Kelechi Nwakali is close to joining Arsenal after the player agreed personal terms with the North London outfit.

According to latest reports, a five-year contract has been agreed.

Arsenal have been in advanced talks with Nwakali since the start of 2016 after an impressive tournament. Nwakali helped Nigeria win the FIFA Under-17 World Cup last year.

The deal should be announced once all the complications are ironed out.

The Gunners will reportedly pay a transfer fee of about £3 million to the Diamond Football Academy as part of the deal.

The midfielder was voted as the Most Valuable Player of the U17 World Cup and will now continue his development at Arsenal.

Wenger confirmed his interest in the player earlier this year and claimed that Arsenal identified Nwakali as the player of the tournament, and the young Nigerian is a top player.

Nwakali visited the Emirates in January and spoke to the club about a move back then.

Diamond Football Academy president has confirmed Nwakali’s move to Arsenal.

“Kelechi Nwakali was with Arsenal but came back from London to join the national team,” Diamond Football Academy president Martin Apugo said.

“He will travel this month to Arsenal, he is still in the Flying Eagles camp.

“He has agreed a five-year contract, he is a player of Arsenal.”

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