Reports from Nigeria claim the latest decision of Kelechi Iheanacho, wanted by Manchester United, Chelsea and Arsenal, has led to an incident between his international coach and his apparent new agent.
Since his outstanding performances for Nigeria in the under-17 World Cup, Kelechi Iheanacho has found himself deep in the midst of the rumour mill – linked with Manchester United, Arsenal, Chelsea and FC Porto to name a few.
It was his performances on the pitch that generated most of the headlines to date, as his six goals and seven assists helped his country win the trophy and saw him crowned the tournament’s best player.
But the latest story is not about his performances, it is about his reported choice of agent and the alleged altercation that choice prompted.
Nigerian newspaper the Premium Times has reported that an incident occurred between Nigeria under-17s coach Emmanuel Amuneke and football agent Henry Galliano, after Iheanacho allegedly chose the latter to represent him.
The newspaper claims Amuneke had recommended another agent to the player, and came to blows with Galliano following the 17-year-old’s decision.
The report states that Amuneke and Galliano met at a hotel to discuss the player’s future. It goes on to state that Amuneke got angry after stressing that another agent should deal with Iheanacho’s move.
In quotes published by the Premium Times, Galliano is reported as saying, “I came here to take Kelechi to his club. FC Porto and Manchester City are interested in him but Manchester City has a better package. This was our discussion and conclusion when Mr Amuneke sent for me, and asked me to go back to my cousin.
“He called me names, beat me up and embarrassed me, he said it’s impossible to just take his players.”
The interest of FC Porto has been widely reported, with one story over the weekend going so far as to claim Iheanacho would complete a move to Portugal within a few days.
Most recently Manchester United have been linked with a move, but it appears it is their neighbours City who are attempting to secure one of Africa’s most exciting young talents.
But you sense there is far more to come in this story, and while whoever does sign him will be getting a precocious talent, he may also come with sub-plots aplenty.
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