Deals agreed as Arsenal close in on three new signings ahead of Liverpool clash
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Arsenal have agreed deals for three new January signings after adding emerging Nigerian pair to incoming midfielder Mohammed Elneny.
Football Insider revealed earlier this week that the Gunners were in advanced talks to recruit midfield sensations Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze to their academy.
This comes as they finalise the paperwork on the deal for Elneny, who has now been granted a UK visa as he flies to London to complete his £5.2million move.
An Arsenal recruitment source has told Football Insider that the London giants have reached an agreement on a double deal for Nwakali and Chukwueze and will secure their signings before the end of the January transfer window.
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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.
The deals are likely to be held up while the pair await work permits to play in the UK.
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.
Arsenal have been given the clearance to complete the signing of Elneny from Basle, with Arsene Wenger admitting on Monday that the deal had not been finalised as quickly as he had hoped.
“We are positive this week it can happen,” the Arsenal manager said. “There are a lot of work permit problems and other paperwork. As long as it’s not definitely signed, you have to be cautious. But I’m optimistic about the case.”