Kelechi Iheanacho almost joined Arsenal in 2014, but his former manager claims he blocked the move.
Manchester City signed Iheanacho from Nigeria’s famed Taye Academy in 2014, and the 20-year-old has since broken into the club’s first team in impressive fashion.
The striker scored 14 goals in 35 games in his first season, with only Sergio Aguero netting more often for City.
According to Kennedy Ezenwere, his manager at Taye Academy, Arsenal were close to signing him two years ago, but the deal collapsed.
“Arsenal were interested in Kelechi but I blocked the move, there was a problem with the agent brokering the deal,” Ezenwere told All Nigeria Soccer.
“I picked Manchester City ahead of Arsenal not because of money. I know if he goes to Man City he has a better chance of playing there than Arsenal and I have been proved right.
“Kelechi has now become very popular, it wouldn’t have been so if he joined Arsenal.”