Arsenal fans in the Transfer Tavern are breathing a sigh of relief over by the jukebox this morning, after an exit for a top youngster appeared to be off the cards.
ESPN quote Borussia Dortmund boss Thomas Tuchel as stating it will be a quiet transfer window for the Bundesliga giants, whilst he directly addressed links to Arsenal youngster Gedion Zelalem and stated a January swoop is unlikely.
The United States youngster is highly-regarded in North London and enjoyed a successful loan stint with Rangers last season. However, his contract with the Gunners is due to expire at the end of the season and speculation persists on his future.
Amid the plethora of midfielder options available to Le Prof, the 19-year-old has struggled to impose himself on first-team proceedings often.
Despite this, Tuchel has indicated Dortmund won’t be busy this month and that a move for Zelalem isn’t in their sights.
“I don’t think that we add somebody [in January]”, he said.
”We had a lot of new players and it all takes time [to settle]. Even the German guys, who have a lot of experience, you have to admit that it took its time for them [to settle]. Every change in a club takes time.”
“Right now, the group is growing together. We had to change a lot because we had too many injuries. We wish for more players to be healthy, more players on the pitch who can play week after week, they need those minutes. Right now, we don’t want to add somebody.”
“(Zelalem?) Right now? No. Not as far as I’m concerned,”
Our landlord isn’t convinced this will be the end of it though and expects links between Zelalem and Dortmund will continue for the remainder of the season, opening up the prospect of a free transfer for the youngster at the end of the campaign.
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