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Arsenal’s double deal for Nigerian sensations Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze is now ’99 per cent done’, sources close to the situation have told Football Insider.
The Premier League giants’ swoop for the pair has been agreed and is just awaiting formal clearance before being completed.
The Gunners have sealed a £4million deal for Nwakali and Chukwueze after their bid was accepted by the players’ academy in Nigeria.
A source close to the situation has told Football Insider that the double transfer is ’99 per cent done’ and that the deal should go through next week.
Football Insider revealed earlier last week that the Gunners were in advanced talks to recruit wonderkids Nwakali and Chukwueze to their academy.
This comes after they announced the signing of Mohamed Elneny, who was unveiled as an Arsenal player 10 days ago after being granted a UK visa to complete his £5.2million move.
Nwakali and Chukwueze need work permits and visas to play in the UK, although the Gunners are hopeful they will be in place by the end of next week.
The north Londoners have beaten Manchester City to the signings of the exciting teenage pair.
The Premier League giants 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 for Nigeria.
Nwakali is able to sign a professional contract as he has already turned 17, but Chukwuze will only be able to sign a scholarship deal.