Premier League side Arsenal will ship out Nigeria’s Under-20 skippe,r Kelechi Nwakali, overseas on loan, AfricanFootball.com reported yesterday.
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 Under-20 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 said.
Nwakali was the MVP when Nigeria won a record fifth FIFA Under-17 World Cup in Chile in November.
Nigeria’s Under-17 teammate Samuel Chukwueze’s proposed move to join Nwakali at The Emirates has fallen through.