Arsenal interest confirmed in Nigerian starlet

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Arsenal are keen on Nigerian starlet Kelechi Iheanacho, according to the player’s agent.

The teenager has made a massive impact at the FIFA U17 World Cup over the past month, finishing the tournament with six goals and seven assists in just seven games.

He helped his country win the coveted trophy with victory over Mexico in yesterday’s final, and scooped the Most Valuable Player of the tournament award as well.

It’s unsurprisingly led to speculation over the 17-year-old’s future with the Taye Academy, and the Gunners are one of the clubs interested in the player.

"I can confirm that Arsenal FC's Steve Rowley, acknowledged Kelechi Iheanacho's talents early in the World Cup and has said some very nice words about him," Henry Galeano told the International Business Times.

"We're ecstatic to have another major club like Arsenal following young Iheanacho. That said, the attention is well deserved. Iheanacho's performance at the World Cup was indeed remarkable.”

Whilst it’s clear that Arsene Wenger isn’t the only manager keen on the player, the player’s agent did hint that following in the footsteps of Nwankwo Kanu – who became a legend at Highbury – would be an honour for his young talent.

"At present we are considering and evaluating all options. Our goal is to match Iheanacho with a club that fits his profile, and a club that can bring out the very best in him,” he added.

"If Arsenal FC is an option on the table, we'll be glad to sit down and consider it. Iheanacho wouldn't be the first Nigerian making it into the team. The thought of him following in the footsteps of the great Kanu definitely has a nice ring to it.”

If the youngster did move to the Emirates Stadium, then he’d be joining the current Premier League leaders, with the Gunners holding a two-point gap over their rivals going into this week’s international break.

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