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The CEO of Viking FK, the side Arsenal faced in pre-season, has confirmed that they are in talks with Arsenal over taking Kelechi Nwakali on loan should they fail to get a permanent work permit for the Nigerian.
Speaking to OwngoalNigeria.com, Erik W Henningsen confirmed that the deal will only happen if Arsenal are not successful in getting the Home Office to turn Nwakali’s six month work visa into a permanent one.
Due to this temporary visa, even if Arsenal and Viking do agree to a loan, it won’t happen until January as Arsenal want to keep the player at the club where he will be allowed to train until his visa expires.
In addition, Viking are also discussing taking Gedion Zelalem, who spent last season with Rangers, to Norway although that may not happen until January either.
Unlike previous seasons, all loans must be sorted before the transfer window closes.
Not long after this post was published, reports started to emerge from the Netherlands that Arsenal had actually found a deal with MVV Maastricht, the club who recently took Stefan O’Connor on loan.
Aanvallende middenvelder Nwakali van Arsenal naar #MVV. Speler komt op huurbasis.
— Tjerkstra Media (@TjerkstraMedia) August 31, 2016
The tweet says: Attacking midfielder Nwakali Arsenal to #MVV. Player is on loan.
So. What we’ve learned today is that even the CEO’s of some clubs don’t know what’s going on…