Chelsea fighting to sign ‘unbelievable’ record breaking youngster, could get him for free

Chelsea is vying with Manchester City for the services of Ethan Nwaneri, who is currently playing for Arsenal.


What’s the premise?

It is believed that the 16-year-old wonderkid, who has been called a “absolutely unbelievable” talent, and Arsenal have not yet reached an agreement on the terms of a scholarship.

Nwaneri, who made history as the Premier League’s youngest player when Mikel Arteta substituted him against Brentford back in September at the age of 15 years and 181 days, has until Friday to agree to terms with the Gunners.

The wonderkid would legally be available for free transfer to Chelsea or Manchester City if the north Londoners fail to sign him by Friday, when his schoolboy registration expires.

However, due to Arsenal’s role in the development of the England Under-17 international, the Blues or the Citizens would have to pay the Gunners a compensation price, which would be assessed at a tribunal.

According to the Evening Standard, Arsenal has a tempting offer on the table for Nwaneri, and Academy Manager Per Mertesacker and Arteta are negotiating to keep him at the Emirates Stadium.


Chelsea would make a statement by signing Nwaneri 

It seems strange to refer to a 16-year-old as a statement signing for any team, but it would say a lot if Chelsea were able to steal Nwaneri away from Arsenal.

A message would be sent to the rest of England’s top division if the Blues acquired the London-born prodigy from a rival, as they did when they acquired Omari Hutchinson from Arsenal last year. This is especially true after their 12th-place finish in the Premier League.

The Evening Standard reports that Arsenal has already outlined a road for Nwaneri to join the first team, so if Chelsea wants to sign him, they must have a detailed strategy for how to do so under Mauricio Pochettino.

Because Arsenal has until Friday to reach a deal, be sure to keep an eye on this issue.




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