Sporting Kansas City have officially completed the signing of 22-year-old Arsenal midfielder Gedion Zelalem.
According to Football. London reports, there were ongoing discussions happening between the Gunners and the MLS side over a possible permanent deal for the youngster.
The transfer has however been confirmed and the move sees Zelalem return to the United States six years after moving to London.
A statement from the Sporting Kansas City's official website reads: “Gedion is a talented player and we are excited to welcome him to the club,” Sporting KC Manager and Sporting Director Peter Vermes said.
“We look forward to his integration into the squad as the team competes in multiple competitions throughout the season.”
Despite the transfer window being closed in Europe, the move is being allowed to happen in the middle of March as the new MLS season has only just got underway and can complete more deals until May 7.
There was much anticipation of Zelalem when he was included in Arsenal's squad for the 2013 summer tour to Asia and a great display of football saw him likened to Cesc Fabregas. However, a series of injuries halted his progress.
The midfielder was away with his national team at the 2017 FIFA U-20 World Cup in South Korea when he ruptured the cruciate ligament in his right knee and that was to keep him out for 16 months.
Arsenal took up an option on his contract, which meant his deal was extended to 2018 during his recovery, but problems saw his return date pushed further back on several occasions.
Zelalem eventually made his return earlier this season and made a handful of appearances for the Under-23s, scoring in a 2-2 draw against Brighton and Hove Albion back in January.
But with his contract up in the summer, the midfielder's exit was inevitable and he has now departed the Emirates Stadium without seeing out the remainder of the deal.
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