Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed his transfer plans for the rest of the January transfer window. Wenger revealed that right-back Mathieu Debuchy might leave in a late loan deal and that the club is close to signing talented Nigerian duo.
Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze impressed during last FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile, and they have been linked with the Gunners for some time. Nwakali was named the best player of the tournament in Chile.
Wenger said: “Of course there are work permit issues. There are medical issues because they have to make medicals, but it’s progressing well. “If we can get it over the line now during this transfer period, we will do it.”
Nwakali was named the best player at the last FIFA U-17 World Cup in Chile and was understandably pursued by a number of top European clubs, including Manchester City and Bayern Munich among others.
“We identified Nwakali as the player of the tournament basically, and as a top player.”
Wenger already met with players as exclusive photo surfaced on the social media earlier today. Both players are now set to complete medical and finalize the deal during the weekend.
He also revealed that French defender Mathieu Debuchy has some offers on his plate and is likely to leave on a loan deal.
Debuchy has fallen behind Hector Bellerin in the pecking order at the club and has expressed his desire to leave the club as he wants regular playing time ahead of the European Championships in the summer.
He said: “Yes, Mathieu might go somewhere, but I don’t know where at the moment and that decision has to be made very quickly now because there is only 48 hours to go. He has much interest in him, but I have a number of people who can play right back, so I opened the door for him because at the moment he doesn’t play and has Bellerin in front.”
However, he revealed that Mohamed Elneny will remain the only first-team January signing, and he doesn’t expect to sign any senior player in the last week of the transfer window.
When asked about any possible signings, he said: “No, no at the moment as I told you I have 23 players in training, plus two is 25 and unless people go out, we are not on the verge of bringing anyone in.”
Arsenal will face Burnley in the fourth round of the FA Cup on Saturday.