Chelsea have begun talks to sign Arsenal target Kelechi Nwakali after he starred for Nigeria in the Under 17 World Cup this year, Express reports.
The 17-year-old attacking midfielder led his side to the title earlier this year after a impressing for his nation, attracting interest from a host of European clubs.
His agent Klay Ekeocha has also come out to confirm that he is in talks with a number of sides in Europe, including the Blues, as his client is likely to be making a transfer in the near future.
“We are in contact with Chelsea, Udinese and Olympiakos,” he said.
It was believed that the Gunners were favourites to his signature after he admitted he was keen to play for the club earlier last week.
However, his agent also added that he already opened talks with Arsenal, but is yet to receive any sort of reply.
“We got in touch with Arsenal and there’s no feedback yet.”
Following his performance for Nigeria in the tournament, Nwakali was named Most Valuable Player of the Fifa Under 17 World Cup.
Manchester City and West Ham United were also keeping an eye on his services, but later ruled out a move due to problems with his work permit.