Legal consultant to Diamond Academy, team where Kelechi Nwakali and Samuel Chukwueze play, Johnny Precious Ogbah, has dismissed rumours that the Arsenal deal for the Golden Eaglets have crashed. Reacting to reports that the players needed to undergo trials with the London club before a move could materialise, he said their trip to the club was to inspect the facilities on ground.
“Like is normal in any such transfer, the players and their guardians visit the clubs to take a look at the facilities on ground and ask questions and discuss issues that will help them in making up their mind whether or not to accept the club’s offer before them.”
Referring to a former colleague of the players, Victor Osimhen’s move to Germany, he said he had gone to Germany to do same before signing with VFL Wolfsburg. He said Arsenal had not insisted on trials for the players.
“That’s exactly what happened. Same way Victor Osimhen visited Germany first before accepting to finally move there. Nobody asked any of the players to train with any of the Arsenal teams. I know this because I was there and involved in it all.
“My clients are trying to cross every T and dot every I to ensure they get the best deal for the players and for the academy and everything went smoothly. Dick Law the Arsenal Director of Football assured us even before we travelled that there would be no trials and there wasn’t any, so I wonder where the website got their story from because it is all balder-dash,” he said.
“Before we left for London, people fed us with lies about Arsenal and some swore that the boys were going on trials but that was never the case. Both deals are in place and progressing positively but like I said, Diamond Football Academy are in no hurry as they want to ensure their players’ welfare and other important matters are well sorted out before the deal is concluded,” the barrister said.