Manchester City Transfer News: 'Nigerian Neymar' Chidiebere Nwakali Signs

Michael WadeAnalyst IIIJanuary 21, 2014

Manchester City's manager Manuel Pellegrini looks omn ahead of their English Premier League soccer match against Newcastle United at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Sunday, Jan. 12, 2014. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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Manchester City have reached an agreement to sign Chidiebere Nwakali, a player dubbed the "Nigerian Neymar."

A report by Colin Harvey in the Daily Star claims that the 17-year-old will sign a four-year contract with the Premier League side.

His agent, Babawo Mohammed, is quoted by the newspaper as saying: "Nwakali has passed Manchester City medical and he has signed a four-year contract with them."   

He continued, "It is a good move for him and I am sure in no distant time, he will blossom with the club."

As reported by BBC Sport, Nwakali was part of the Nigeria side that won the FIFA Under-17 World Cup for a record fourth time in 2013.

And per, the player made seven appearances in the tournament, scoring twice for the Golden Eaglets.

Paul Clennam of reports that Nwakali is a central midfielder who is also adept at playing in defence.

It is likely that Nwakali would either join City's elite development squad, which is managed by Patrick Vieira, or make a loan move in order to gain first-team experience.

Chidibiere Nwakali has been compared to Barcelona's Neymar.
Chidibiere Nwakali has been compared to Barcelona's Neymar.Manu Fernandez/Associated Press

With City's squad challenging for silverware on four fronts, and manager Manuel Pellegrini talking up their chances of winning a quadruple, as reported by Jamie Jackson in The Guardian, Nwakali will find it extremely hard to make an impact let alone establish himself.

Often, clubs like City, who are keen to challenge for major honours, sign players ready-made for the first team and overlook the opportunity to develop their own stars.

However, City have a strong youth setup geared toward producing players, and Nwakali will be given the best chance to continue his footballing education.

But unless he is truly of the same calibre as Neymar, he may find blossoming with the club, as his agent hopes, a tough task to achieve.