You may or may not have heard the news today but Arsenal have actually signed their second player of the summer transfer window. His name is Kelechi Nwakali and he is a 18 year old midfielder.
The Nigerian youth player is not too well known amongst Arsenal fans but has impressed club officials into making a move for the young midfielder.
Speaking on the move Nwakali told the media: “I just came back from London, I have signed a five-year contract with Arsenal. So many teams were interested in me but it has been my dream at a tender age to play for Arsenal.”
Nwakali has had to wait until the his 18th birthday to sign for the Gunners, due to FIFA regulations that forbid the transfer of minors unless within the European Union. However Nwakali is now a Gunner and is sure to feature in Arsenal’s youth sides next season, if not making an odd appearance in the first team’s early rounds of the domestic cup competitions.
We’ll have to wait and see what comes of Nwakali, although apparently Arsenal fended off some of Europe’s biggest clubs including Bayern Munich, Barcelona and Manchester City, so the Nigerian midfielder must be rated fairly highly. Any transfer expenses or wages have not been publicly released.
Is Nwakali going to turn out to be the next Arsenal starlet in the youth team, or is he going to follow so many youngsters down the sorry trail of being loaned until their correct expires?