Arsenal are set to pull off their second signing of the summer as Arsene Wenger prepares to make serious changes in his management style.
It’s certainly a very different approach for the Gunners, who tend to do the majority of their business towards the final few days of the window.
But it looks as if Henry Onyekuru has confirmed the rumours that the Gunners will trigger his £6.8million release clause in a bid to add reinforcements in attack.
The 19-year-old finished the 2016/17 campaign as top goalscorer in Belgium’s top division, despite his side KAS Eupen finishing 13th in the league table.
Onyekuru can play as a centre forward and recently picked up his first international cap for Nigeria, meaning he’s close friends with Alex Iwobi.
As well as that, the youngster is a lifelong Arsenal fan and it’s been his dream to play in the red and white since he first set his eyes on a football.
Ahead of Arsenal’s trip to Wembley for the FA Cup Final, Onyekuru spoke to Belgian media revealing that he’s got his heart set on a move this summer:
Everything is possible. Anderlecht, Club Brugge, England – I still haven’t decided. I have had fun in Belgium, but I have always dreamed of the Premier League.
(Asked whether he’s ready for a move to England) Believe is not the right word. I know I’m ready, I’m sure of that.
I don’t want to decide too quickly, because it’s a decision for life, which is very important for my family and myself.
He’s certainly not the striker that would be at the top of every Arsenal fans shopping list but until we see him in action, we can’t judge.
Arsene Wenger is often criticised for missing out on the big players when they were ‘unknown’ so we’ll hold our hopes that Onyekuru is a hidden gem.
A whole host of Premier League clubs were after his signature but it seems the lure of playing at the Emirates Stadium was too much to turn down.
Onyekuru will join Sead Kolasinac as the first of many summer signings, the defender joins for free after seeing his contract out at Schalke.