On Tuesday it was announced that Gedion Zelalem had flown to Glasgow to sit down with Rangers boss, Mark Warburton, to discuss a loan move.
The initial reports seemed to indicate that it was all just a matter of time before the American youngster signed on the dotted line for the Scottish side however on Wednesday it became clear that things were not quite as straightforward as they first seemed.
With offers on the table from Fulham, Birmingham and Charlton, Zelalem is said to be considering his options.
At first it was also claimed that it would be a season-long loan however it looks as if any deal will be until January initially, with the boss giving his blessing to a six-month move in the first instance.
Zelalem was accompanied to Glasgow by his father and now has to decide if he wishes to stay in England or swap that for life in Glasgow. While many fans have their reservations about him moving to the Scottish Championship, Warbuton is known as a manager who likes to play attractive football and the undoubted toughness of that league would certain go some way to helping Gedion improve his physical strength which we all know needs a lot of work.
Speaking to the Daily Record, a source close to the talks, said “There’s been no agreement. The talks went well but there are other options on the table and it’s up to Gedion to decide which one suits him best.”
It is claimed that Rangers had hoped to get Zelalem in and out of Glasgow without it being picked up by the press, concerned that the intensity of life at one of Scotland’s top clubs could unsettle the youngster however Wenger is said to have no concerns and thinks that life under the microscope with Rangers could serve the 18-year-old well ahead of a move up to the Arsenal first team in the near future.