Dortmund interested in Arsenal youngster Zelalem but deal 'isn't close'

The Gunners’ teenage midfielder is out of contract in the summer and the Bundesliga outfit have shown interest in the United States youngster


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Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem is the subject of interest from Borussia Dortmund but a move is not close to completion at this stage, Goal understands.

The United States under-23 star has only made one substitute appearance in the EFL Cup this season and has struggled to break into the first team despite several injuries in the centre of Arsenal’s midfield.

Zelalem, 19, was born in Berlin and played for Hertha Berlin’s schoolboy system before emigrating to America with his father in 2006.

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A composed, technically astute midfielder with excellent vision, Zelalem spent the whole of last season on-loan at Scottish side Rangers, where he scored one goal and made eight assists across 28 games.

Dortmund have opened talks with Arsenal over signing Zelalem on a permanent deal and with the youngster’s contract set to expire at the end of the season, it’s expected that a nominal fee will be involved if negotiations progress.

However, as it stands the interest from the Bundesliga giants is not at an advanced stage and a source close to the deal has told Goal that a “deal isn’t close as it stands”.

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