Wenger confirms Nigerian youth signings close


Arsene Wenger has confirmed that the club are close to signing two Nigerian youth players.

Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze have been on the club’s radar since the FIFA Under-17 World Cup last year, and the manager is hoping to add both of them before the transfer window closes on Monday night at 11pm.

Speaking today, Wenger outlined some issues affecting the transfers, but was hopeful the deals would be done in time.

“Talks are progressing well,” he said, “but there are work permit issues. There are medical issues, because they have to make medicals. It’s progressing well.

“We identified Nwakali as the player of the tournament, basically, and as a top player. We will see if we can manage to get it over the line during this transfer period.

“Chukwueze is signing as well.”

Clearly these are players for the future, rather than first team options. Having already brought in Mohamed Elneny, and with Alexis Sanchez, Tomas Rosicky, Francis Coquelin, and Danny Welbeck all back, or close to it, Wenger more or less ruled out any further transfer activity this month.

“Unless people go out, we are not on the verge of bringing anyone in,” he said. Whether that includes Mathieu Debuchy remains to be seen.

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