Manchester City Agree Deal With Kelechi Iheanacho’s Father, Await UK Work Permit

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Nigerian wonderkid and hero of  last year’s U-17 World Cup, Kelechi Iheanacho, is a work permit away from signing for Manchester City.

The 17-year-old is set to join the Blues after starring in the Under-17 World Cup last summer, but it has proved to be a complex deal.

City backroom duo Ferran Soriano and Txiki Begiristain have used their contacts in Barcelona to take him to Spain for training before he comes to England to start work with Manuel Pellegrini’s men.

A £250,000 transfer fee had been agreed, with a further £300,000 for the Taye Academy in Owerri, Nigeria where he was educated and £350,000 to Iheanacho’s father, James.

Iheanacho won the Golden Ball for tournament’s best player as his homeland won the U17s finals in the UAE this summer.

He scored six goals in seven matches – including one in Nigeria’s victory over Mexico in the final and four in one match against the same opposition in the group phase – and also provided seven assists.



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