Highly-rated Colorado Rapids winger Dantouma Toure spent time on trial with Rangers before heading for a spell with Premier League Arsenal.
That’s according to a range of reports who claim the 17-year-old USA talent is in the UK looking to win a deal after the conclusion of the MLS season.
I heard Colorado Rapids homegrown winger Dantouma Toure, 17, is doing offseason training with a bunch of European teams. Was recently at Rangers, now training with Arsenal. Born in Guinea, Toure has played for USYNT's in the past
— Brian Sciaretta (@BrianSciaretta) December 7, 2021
The claims appear to originate from New York Times journalist Brian Sciaretta, who believes the Guinea-born winger spent time at the Rangers Training Centre.
Now at Arsenal’s London Colney training centre – something backed up by football.london – the teenage talent will be trying to secure his big move across the pond.
Capped at U-17s level for the United States, Dantouma Toure began his career at New York Red Bulls before moving to Colorado in March this year, making his MLS debut against the San Jose Earthquakes in July.
However, Dantouma Toure – who is nicknamed Yaya after the legendary Man City and Barcelona midfielder – spent the season out on loan at Rapids feeder club the Colorado Switchbacks.
Toure made 22 appearances for the USL Championship side, scoring three league goals.
Rangers-linked Dantouma Toure currently trialling at Arsenal
Interestingly, MLS side Colorado Rapids are a club owned by American Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke suggesting there could be a closer relationship between the two sides.
Colorado Rapids have also waxed lyrical about Dantouma Toure in the past, with general manager Padraig Smith describing him as an “exciting talent”.
“Yaya is an exciting talent who has already shown tremendous potential through his performances in the USL Championship as a 16-year-old,” said Smith [Colorado Rapids].
“He’s powerful and explosive on the ball and has an ability to take on defenders that allows him to be a difference maker.
“We believe he has all the qualities necessary to develop into an elite player and are excited to see what the future holds for him.”
The links also come at a time when Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta – a former Rangers player – is under increasing pressure at the Emirates.
Speaking of young American talents, one of Rangers’ stateside feeder clubs have just had one of their best young players called up to the USMNT.