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REPORT Arsenal’s Gedion Zelalem close to Borussia Dortmund move

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He would be the first American player at Dortmund. (This is sarcasm.)

Arsenal v Derby County: Premier League 2 Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images

Another young American player may be on the move.

ESPN FC reports that Gedion Zelalem is close to a move to Borussia Dortmund:

The attacking midfielder is out of contract at Arsenal in the summer and Dortmund believe they can land Zelalem for a cut-price fee this month.

The 19-year old U.S. youth international has struggled to break through with Arsenal this season, mainly playing in the EFL Cup and Premier League 2. Zelalem spent the 2015-2016 season on loan with Rangers in the Scottish Championship, making 21 appearances.

Zelalem joined Arsenal in 2013 after being scouted playing for his club team Olney Rangers at the Dallas Cup. He spent time with various German youth national teams, but joined the U.S. program after gaining his citizenship at the end of 2014.

Would a move to Dortmund lead to an increase in playing time? Should he stay with Arsenal and attempt to work his way up the ladder? These are the decisions that young players are forced to make when navigating the complicated waters of professional soccer.

Dortmund is currently in sixth place in the Bundesliga with 27 points from 16 matches. Borussia Dortmund II is in third place in the Regionalliga West with 41 points from 19 matches.