Confirmed: Arsenal close in on wonderkid pair after London meeting
By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes| Premier League expert with experience of breaking big stories, including exclusives like this
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Nigerian teenage pair Samuel Chukwueze and Kelechi Nwakali are set to complete transfers to Arsenal, according to their club.
The young midfielders have visited Arsenal’s headquarters for talks as part of a £4million double deal and have undergone medical tests.
Football Insider revealed last month that Arsenal’s swoop for Nwakali and and teenage countryman Samuel Chukwueze was ’99 per cent done’ after a fee was agreed with the Diamond academy in Nigeria.
Reports in Nigeria claimed last week the deals could be derailed but the academy’s legal consultant Johnny Precious Ogbah has insisted the transfers should be completed soon following recent negotiations.
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“My clients are trying to cross every T and dot every I to ensure they get the best deal for the players and for the academy and everything went smoothly,” he told the Daily Nation. “Dick Law the Arsenal director of football assured us even before we travelled that there would be no trials and there wasn’t any.
“Both deals are in place and progressing positively but like I said, Diamond Football Academy are in no hurry as they want to ensure their players’ welfare and other important matters are well sorted out before the deal is concluded.”
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.
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.