Reports in the Netherlands indicate that Gedion Zelalem is set to leave Arsenal on loan in the coming days. VVV Venlo are the club interested in signing the United States Under-23 international despite interest from Borussia Dortmund (via Sport Witness).
Arsenal could be set to make their second piece of transfer business this window with Gedion Zelalem set to leave the club on loan. The 19-year-old has been highly thought of at the Emirates for some time but has yet to make an impression on the first-team so far.
Reports last week indicated that Borussia Dortmund were interested in signing the midfielder on a permanent deal but things now seem to be pointing towards a temporary exit for the former Hertha BSC youth player.
Dutch publication De Telegraaf claims that Gedion Zelalem and an Arsenal entourage visited VVV Venlo over the weekend and that an agreement was struck up on Monday.
The report also clears up Zelalem’s contract situation. The midfielder’s current deal is set expire in the summer but De Telegraaf claims that Wenger will offer the 19-year-old an extension before he leaves.
It’s a move which will disappoint Borussia Dortmund. The German giants have reportedly been following Zelelam for months but it seems that Arsene Wenger is not willing to let go of the youngster.
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Gedion Zelalem has long been viewed as a future first-team Arsenal player. The 19-year-old hasn’t really fulfilled that promise yet and despite impressing at times during a loan spell at Rangers last season is yet to make an impact on the first-team at the Emirates. Hopefully, this move will happen and prove to be exactly what Gedion Zelalem needs.