Captain of the Nigerian Under-17 side that won the just concluded Youth championship in Chile, Kelechi Nwakali, is set to snub Chelsea in favour of a move to London rivals Arsenal. Nwakali impressed in the tournament, bagging three goals and providing three assists as he won the Golden Ball for being the tournament’s best player.
The youngster is now wanted by many clubs, and understandably so. Nwakali’s elder brother, Chidiebere, is already playing for Manchester City – though he is currently out on a two-and-a-half year loan deal at Malaga – but he has singled out Arsenal as the club he wishes to play for.
“I will love to play for Arsenal,” Nwakali told Nigerian Media. “They are the top Premier League club. I would like to play for them because they play the best football in the world.”
The midfielder is now expected to finalise his transfer to Arsenal in January. Older brother Chidiebere says there is no pressure for his brother to sign. “It is a personal decision and so he will be the one to take it as this could well define his career.”
Arsenal are famed for signing blooding youngsters and developing them into world beaters and, Hector Bellerin’s rise to the top is proof of that.
Should Nwakali join the Gunners, he will likely be drafted into the club’s youth set-up, where his progress will be aided by the likes of Thierry Henry who is heavily involved with the Arsenal youth sides.