Kelechi Nwakali has hinted at a transfer on Instagram, after his brother confirmed he’d be leaving Arsenal on loan or permanently this summer.
Nwakali hinted at a summer transfer on Thursday, uploading a cryptic Instagram post captioned “movement” along with plane emojis and a picture of him and his suitcase.
The player’s brother and agent, Allwell Nwakali, told AllNigeriaSoccer this week: “I know Kelechi will leave Arsenal either on loan or a permanent deal, clubs are coming for him.
“By God’s grace I know we will be able to get a better club and a club that can play him each game, it’s not all about the money. He wants to go to a place where he’ll get the chance to play so he can showcase his talents, that’s what we want.”
Nwakali had been linked with a free transfer to SD Huesca earlier this month, despite still having a couple of years left on his Arsenal contract. However, Allwell also denied these reports in his interview.
The Nigerian midfielder spent last season on loan with Porto B, making 16 appearances in a rather inconsistent season. The 2018/19 campaign ended particularly disappointingly, as Nwakali was prevented from featuring in Porto’s final eight games after being barred from the country over a visa issue.
There were some positive moments as well though. It may have resulted in his visa issues, but Nwakali did get to make his debut for the Nigeria u23s in March.
Now he needs to find another good loan to get him senior international games and a work permit in England, or a permanent transfer if that doesn’t seem possible.