Arsenal have confirmed the signing of talented Nigeria youngster, Kelechi Nwakali, from Diamond Football Academy.
“We have completed the signing of 18-year-old attacking midfielder Kelechi Nwakali from the Diamond Football Academy in Nigeria,” the club stated in its official website on Friday evening.
The attacking midfielder, who is seen as one of his country’s brightest prospects, captained Nigeria to their success at the U17 World Cup in 2015.
The Gunners suggest that Nwakali, perhaps owing to work permit problems, will spend time out on loan this season as he seeks to gain valuable experience of first-team football.
“Kelechi, who joins us as a young professional, will look to gain experience with a loan move in the coming months,” the club statement added.
The 18-year-old has been training with the Arsenal development squad this week and is highly regarded by Gunners manager Arsene Wenger, who met the prospect at a first-team game last season.
Nwakali will be aiming to eventually follow in the footsteps of his compatriots Nwankwo Kanu and Alex Iwobi in featuring for the Arsenal first-team.