Arsenal signed Kelechi Nwakali this summer, but he is set to be set out on loan for the upcoming season.
The Nigerian Under-20 midfielder is yet to join up with his new squad, due to be on international duty, as he looks to help his side to qualify for the upcoming U20 AFCON tournament.
A deal has already been agreed which will see Kelechi sign a five-year deal on his arrival, but it is now claimed he will be sent out on loan.
It is claimed that work permit complications would mean a loan to the continent would be necessary, before being able to play for his club side.
“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.
Nwakali recently turned 18, and is expected to jet into North-London to sign his contract once he completes international duty.
The future star caught the eye of Arsenal when helping his Nigeria Under-17 side to win the U17 World Cup in November, and was awarded the award for Most Valuable Player of the Tournament, previously won by Cesc Fabregas, Toni Kroos and Man City’s Kelechi Iheanacho.
His Man City counterpart picked up the award only two years previously, and is already earning a place in the first-team squad for his side, and there is hope that Nwakali will be able to have a similar impact in the near future for Arsenal.
Given the award, I would hope that a work permit would not be too difficult to come by, especially as Iheanacho earned his without complication.
Could he follow in the footsteps of Cesc and earn a regular first-team role at our club?