USA youngster Dantouma 'Yaya' Toure, 17, training with Arsenal

A 17-year-old American winger is training with Arsenal, according to reports.

Dantouma Toure, who plays for Colorado Rapids, is thought to be showcasing his skills to a number of European clubs during the MLS off-season.

The Guinea-born talent came through the ranks at New York Road Bulls and made his professional debut for the second team in July 2020.

Toure went on to score three goals in 13 games for the reserves before being snapped up by Colorado in March.

He made his MLS debut against San Jose Earthquakes in July before going on to feature 22 times for feeder club Colorado Springs Switchbacks.

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USA youngster Dantouma 'Yaya' Toure, 17, training with Arsenal
© SIPA USA/PA Images Colorado Rapids ace Dantouma Toure is reportedly training with Arsenal

According to journalist Brian Sciaretta via Goal, Toure is currently training at Arsenal after a spell at Scottish Premiership champions Rangers.

It’s unclear how long the player, who is nicknamed “Yaya” after the Manchester City legend, will spent at London Colney.

“He is the real deal,” wrote a Colorado Rapids fan on Twitter. “He is a great young kid who has things he can work on like any U17.

“However, his movement in the box, strength with and without the ball, are phenomenal.”

It’s unclear if Toure will leave Colorado in the upcoming January transfer window or whether he is just visiting Europe to gain some experience.

The MLS outfit may be reluctant to let him leave the club, as executive vice-president and general manager Padraig Smith praised his talents in March.

“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 to Colorado’s website.

“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.”

Toure has represented the US at U16 and U17 levels, making his debut for the latter team as a 15-year-old in February 2020.

He suffered a major setback in his career as a teenager, tearing his ACL in 2018, but has since overcome the injury.

USA youngster Dantouma 'Yaya' Toure, 17, training with Arsenal
© SIPA USA/PA Images The winger is nicknamed

Writing before Toure’s move to Colorado in September 2020, US outlet EDP Soccer described him as one to watch for the future.

“The moment he stepped on the field, I knew he was something special,” said the youngster’s former coach David Tindall.

“After every game and tournament he played with us, players, parents, spectators, scouts and opposing coaches were in awe after seeing him play.

“Yaya could easily take over a game as an individual but more often he was an unselfish player. We watched him single-handedly pick apart a top 20 team in the state by scoring 7 goals.

“We also watched him dish the ball off to his teammates on many occasions for them to score. Yaya is a sensational player and was truly an undiscovered talent when he came our way.”

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