Thursday, 13 December, 2018

Manchester City nearing £6m signing of U.S. goalkeeper Zach Steffen

Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen Credit USA TODAY
Sidney Guerrero | 08 December, 2018, 05:08

Manchester City are close to signing Major League Soccer's goalkeeper of the year Zack Steffen from Columbus Crew.

The 23-year-old has completed his medical with the Citizens and will pen his new contract on Thursday.

Though Steffen is not now likely to be eligible to be granted a United Kingdom work permit, Goal's report points out that this is likely to change if he continues to play regularly for his national side in the months ahead.

City can not complete the deal until the January transfer window opens.

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Steffen's transfer fee is one of the largest ever received for an MLS player, and shatters the previous transfer record for an MLS goalkeeper, which was the $3m Manchester United paid New York Red Bulls for Tim Howard in 2003.

If Steffen continues to be the U.S. number one, he could re-apply for a work permit in the summer should he be denied one upon officially joining City. He endured an unhappy stint at Freiburg, leaving the German club after a year and a half to sign with the Crew.

Steffen is unlikely to succeed in his attempts to secure a work permit, so it is expected that City will send him out on loan at first.

Steffen is seen as a potential long-term option for City, which now boasts Brazilian national team goalkeeper Ederson as its starter.

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