Speaking to daily Nigerian sports paper Complete Sports Nigeria, Allwell Nwakali—the youngster’s elder brother—has guaranteed that the move will go ahead, even if, as yet, there’s bee no official confirmation of the switch.
According to Complete Sports Nigeria, a Fifa clampdown on the movement of players under the age of 18 threatened to detail the teenager’s switch to the Emirates Stadium.
However, as reported by the local source, Nwakali’s brother has insisted that the deal will go ahead.
“I don’t think there’s anything to fear about the deal not going on as planned,” he began.
“Given the type of visa we applied for, we hope it will be available within the shortest possible time.
“Don’t forget, there are always ways such transactions are done, so I assure you we’ll get there.
“There are no threats whatsoever on Kelechi’s Arsenal move, this I assure you. We’ve no worries at all as everything is moving according to plans.”
The brother’s assurance may well come as a boost for Arsene Wenger, who looks set to miss out on another member of Nigeria’s triumphant 2015 U-15 World Cup-winning team.
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A potential switch to Arsenal had been acknowledged and entertained by Nwakali’s teammate Victor Osimhen, speaking after the Caf Awards ceremony in Lagos [via SuperSport] in which he was named as Africa’s best young player.
However, Goal have reported that Osimhen has boarded a flight to Germany in order to finalise his move to Bundesliga side Wolfsburg.
In this context, Wenger ought to be boosted by the confident words of Nwakali’s brother, who certainly appears confident that the transfer will go through.