By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes
Nigerian teenager Kelechi Nwakali has flown to London to complete his move to Arsenal, according to reports.
The 17-year-old attacking midfielder is putting the finishing touches to a protracted move to the Gunners from the Diamond academy in Nigeria following extensive talks.
As revealed by Football Insider in January, Nwakali will move to Emirates Stadium in a deal worth £4million with his countryman and fellow teenager Samuel Chukwueze.
The paperwork is still being finalised on the Chukwueze transfer but the Nwakali deal is now complete.
“Kelechi Nwakali left for the United Kingdom yesterday with his brother Allwell to finally seal his deal with Arsenal,” Diamond academy chief executive Emeka Amajiriaku told allnigeriasoccer.com on Wednesday.
Arsenal were among a number of leading European clubs who scouted Nwakali and Chukwueze in last year’s Fifa Under-17 World Cup in Chile.
Nwakali, 17, was named as player of the tournament, while Chukwueze, 16, also delivered a series of promising displays and scored three goals for Nigerian from midfield.
Chelsea and Manchester City were among the clubs who were interested in signing Nwakali, while there was also interest from several Continental big-hitters, including Bayern Munich.
Nwakali revealed earlier this month that he had put pen to paper on an agreement with the north Londoners. “I have signed a five-year contract with Arsenal,” he said.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Mathieu Debuchy has spoken of his anger at being frozen out by Arsene Wenger before his January loan move to Bordeaux.