Nigerian under-17 star, Kelechi Nwakali, has officially completed his transfer to Arsenal.
According to All Nigerian Soccer, the player has been granted a work permit and his former chief executive at the ASJ Academy, has confirmed that the deal is done.
“Kelechi has signed with Arsenal, it is now a done deal.
“He signed the contract [on Wednesday],” Emeka Amajiriaku said. His mother and brother Allwell were there.
“Manchester City loanee Chidiebere Nwakali came all the way from Norway to London to witness his brother signing the contract.”
Nwakali is expected to play some part in Arsene Wenger’s pre-season plans, before a decision is made whether he has to go out on loan or not.
The Most Valuable Player of the just concluded FIFA U-17 World Cup, Kelechi Nwakali earned his coach Emmanuel Amuneke a huge profit.
The midfielder has been in hot demand following his impressive outing in the U-17 World Cup, leading the Golden Eaglets of Nigeria to the trophy.
He has earlier signed with Stellar Group, who also represents Real Madrid star Gareth Bale.
Emmanuel Amuneke could earn up to N1b from the transfer of Kelechi Nwakali to a foreign club.
As Kelechi and his new representatives kept searching and reviewing their options, Golden Eaglets coach, Amuneke, could grab up to N1b in the transfer of the midfielder and another Nigeria U-17 player Samuel Chukwueze.
According to All Nigeria Soccer, Amuneke is demanding a cumulative transfer fee of 5.3 million euros (about N1.1billion) for both players.
Amuneke through his partnership with Diamond Academy, Umuahia and ASJ Academy Owerri means that he has some Kelechi Nwakali’s economic and sporting rights.
According to the report, Diamond Academy, Umuahia and ASJ Academy Owerri own Kelechi’s economic and sporting rights in the ratio 70 : 30.
But both teams are only acting as proxies on Amuneke’s behalf.
ASJ Academy which have 30% of the sporting rights of Nwakali is owned by Amuneke’s family and the U-17 coach is represented there by Emeka.
Amuneke has demanded that the European clubs that finally snap up the players must sign a partnership agreement with his Academy.
He also stipulated that two players from his academy must go on trial with the buying club every year, accompanied by the coach, the report say.