Confirmed: Legal chief reveals Arsenal in advanced talks to seal £4million transfer
By Arsenal correspondent Tony Hughes| Premier League expert with experience of breaking big stories, including exclusives like this
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Nigerian duo Samuel Chukwueze and Kelechi Nwakali are on course to complete transfers to Arsenal, according to their club.
The teenage midfielders have visited Arsenal’s headquarters in recent weeks as they put the finishing touches to a £4million double deal with countryman Kelechi Nwakali.
Football Insider revealed last month that Arsenal’s swoop for Nwakali and and teenage countryman Samuel Chukwueze was ’99 per cent done’ after a £4million fee was accepted by the Diamond academy in Nigeria.
Reports in Nigeria claimed last week the deals had hit a stumbling block 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, so I wonder where the website got their story from because it is all balder-dash.
“Before we left for London, people fed us with lies about Arsenal and some swore that the boys were going on trials but that was never the case.
“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.