Nigerian midfielder Chidiebere Nwakali wants to leave Manchester City after being sent out on loan five times since officially joining in 2015.
The 21-year-old, most recently on loan at Aberdeen in Scotland, was signed at the same time as his 2013 U-17 World Cup-winning teammate Kelechi Iheanacho, and has also been sent to Atlético Malagueño, Girona FC, Start and Sogndal by the Blues.
Feeling it is time to move on with no hope of a work permit or a place in Pep Guardiola’s plans, Nwakali is attracting interest from two clubs according to Complete Sports Nigeria.
The first is Belgian top-flight side KAA Gent, the club which helped develop City superstar Kevin De Bruyne, who spent six years of his youth there.
The other club is NAC Breda, partner club of Manchester City, who are regularly receiving talent from the Etihad. There is only one precedent of a permanent deal from the English club to the Dutch and that was James Horsfield last year – the former City academy player who has been on trial at Scunthorpe United this summer having failed to establish himself at NAC.
City Watch understands that despite their interest, NAC are unlikely to sign Nwakali because of salary issues which mean non-EU players must be paid more, and that would break the Breda club’s stringent wage structure.
One way or another, Nwakali, one of the many little-known young players on Manchester City’s books being sent to and from clubs, is likely to secure a permanent exit from the Etihad Stadium this summer.