Nigeria youth international Kelechi Nwakali has confirmed his move to Arsenal on social media while an announcement from the club is still pending.
Having first been linked with a move to North London in December of last year, Nwakali has completed his move from Diamond Football Academy in his home country. The 18-year-old took to Twitter (@Kelechi_nwakali) to reveal photos from the Arsenal training ground after completing his first training session with the club.
Nwakali first garnered worldwide attention after his exploits at the 2015 Under-17 World Cup in Chile where he scored 3 goals and was awarded the Golden Ball for best player of the tournament as Nigeria won their 5th title.
Earlier this year, Arsene Wenger spoke out about the possible transfer saying, “We identified Nwakali as the player of the tournament [at the under-17 World Cup], basically, and as a top player. We will see if we can manage to get it over the line during this transfer period.”
It remains to be seen whether Nwakali will be involved with the first team squad for the 2016/17 season or whether a loan move is planned for the promising Nigerian youngster.