SOCCER: Man City close in on another Eaglet, Nwakali


Despite failing in their interest in Golden Eaglets star, Kelechi Iheanacho, former English champions Manchester City are said to be closing in on a deal for another member of the victorious Nigeria team to the 2013 FIFA U-17 World Cup, Chidi Nwakali.

Nwakali, a central midfielder  who was a key figure in the Nigeria squad which won the Under-17 World Cup in November, will fly to Manchester from Lagos with his parents to hold talks with City chiefs today.

If a deal is completed, Nwakali will earn £300,000 a year in wages, fees and add-ons from the day he turns 18 on December 26.

Nwakali is also adept at playing in defence and currently represents Shuttle Sports Academy in Lagos.

The move follows a failed attempt to sign 17-year-old striker Kelechi Iheanacho, who has verbally agreed a deal with Porto amid heavy interest from City.

Iheanacho played alongside Nwakali in Nigeria’s Under-17 World Cup triumph and ended as the tournament’s top scorer with six goals.

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