Report: Arsenal to loan Gedion Zelalem to Scotland's Rangers
U.S. men's national team midfield prospect Gedion Zelalem will join Glasgow Rangers on loan from Arsenal, according to The Guardian.
The 18-year-old Zelalem, who was born in Germany, became eligible to play for U.S. Soccer earlier this year and was a part of the U.S. Under-20 national team's squad at this summer's World Cup in New Zealand.
The Guardian reports that the loan lasts until January, with an option to extend for the entire season. Arsenal's first team is set at midfield, and Zelalem would see more playing time with the Rangers, which is in Scotland's second tier after working its way back up the nation's ladder following insolvency in 2012.
The club has been a regular destination for U.S. men's national team players, with the likes of DaMarcus Beasley, Carlos Bocanegra, Maurice Edu and Alejandro Bedoya all playing with the once-storied side.
Zelalem made his debut for Arsenal at the age of 16 during the FA Cup. Last season, he played 45 minutes in a match in the Champions League. He has yet to appear in a Premier League game for Arsenal.
Arsenal will not receive a loan fee for sending Zelalem to Glasgow, according to the report.
- Rohan Nadkarni