Arsenal have agreed terms with Nigeria U17 internationals Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze according to reports, and are waiting to secure work permits for the pair.
Nwakali, 17, and Chukweize, 16, have been tailed by the Gunners for quite some time now, but according to the Daily Star as reported by Sabotage Times, the two have signed for the club, with just work permit situation needing resolving. It is believed that Arsenal fought incredibly hard to land the All Star Junior Academy pair, and even saw off competition from German champions Bayern Munich to tie the pair down to contracts in North London.
Nwakali is an attacking midfielder who can also slot into central midfield, and is captain of the under-17 international side which proved so successful at the recent U17 World Cup, where they beat Mali 2-0 in the final.As for Chukwueze, the 16-year-old is a quite small in size winger who predominantly uses his left foot, while also being capable of playing down both flanks for club and country, and has made seven appearances for the U17 side – scoring three times.
Nwakali already has family in England as his brother – Chidiebere – is on the books at Manchester City, though it was Kelechi who shone at the U17 World Cup, and left winning the Player of the Tournament prize.While the fees have yet remained undisclosed, it is thought that Arsenal have shelled out a combined fee of £6m for the duo, with the pair set to sign long-term contracts as soon as they are legally allowed to when they turn 18 with the Gunners.
Arsenal are currently top of the Premier League, albeit on goal difference, following a 0-0 draw with Stoke City last weekend. Their next fixture is a tricky one as it is a home tie against champions Chelsea.