Kelechi Nwakali was MVP of the FIFA U17 World Cup last year
Thursday Jul 07, 2016. 14:08
Premier League side Arsenal will ship out Nigeria U20 skipper Kelechi Nwakali overseas on loan, AfricanFootball.com has been exclusively informed.
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Nwakali turned 18 last month and he will sign a five-year professional contract with the London Gunners after he would have led the Flying Eagles to qualify for next year’s U20 AFCON later this month.
“Nwakali is not in (Arsene) Wenger’s immediate plans and it will take some time before his application for a work permit is processed and so it is most likely he will be sent out on loan possibly to a club in Belgium,” a top source told AfricanFootball.com
Nwakali was the MVP when Nigeria won a record fifth FIFA U17 World Cup in Chile in November.
Nigeria U17 teammate Samuel Chukwueze’s proposed move to join Nwakali at The Emirates has fallen through.