Porto to sign ‘next generation’ teenage striker – Long-term replacement for Arsenal linked £33m star?

One of the stars of Nigeria’s recent under-17 World Championship success, Chidera Ezeh is heading to Portugal to put the finishing touches on a deal with giants Porto.

According to Portuguese newspaper O Jogo, 16-year-old Chidera Ezeh has flown to Portugal to undergo medical examinations ahead of signing a 4-year deal with Porto.

The young striker was an important figure as Nigeria won the under-17 World Championship in the United Arab Emirates during October and November 2013, beating Mexico 3-0 in the final.

The current striker along with his fellow team-mates attracted a lot of interest as Nigeria brushed aside all during the under-17 tournament, including strong wins against tournament favourites Uruguay and Sweden.

The youth player is currently managed by Babawo Mohammed, an entrepreneur who broke the news to the same Portuguese press.

"The kid has traveled to Portugal [on Friday] to undergo medical examinations. The contracts is four years, which will be signed once the examinations proposed are completed,"

Once making the move the 16-year-old, who turns 17 later this year, will then be integrated into the U19 squad and possibly the Porto B team as the youth player gets to grips with the new training methods and set-up.

Presumably, Porto are now planning for the future as leading striker Jackson Martinez looks set to be leaving the club in the near future.

The 27-year-old, nicknamed Cha Cha Cha in relation to his dancing feet, reportedly has a £33m release clause written into his a contract – a figure which would seem a bargain based on his goalscoring record.

In just over a season and a half at the club, Jackson Martinez has found the net over 40 times in all competitions, a record which has linked the Colombian with a move to Premier League side Arsenal.

Martinez has already spoken of his interest in boyhood club Arsenal, comments which would surely have been read with interest by boss Arsene Wenger.

The striker has said he won't be going anywhere this January but is likely to move on in the summer. The good news for The Gunners is that Porto seem to have acknowledged that they need to plan for a future without their talisman, and those plans now look fully in motion.

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