USMNT goalkeeper Zack Steffen completes $10m transfer to Manchester City

Zack Steffen

Zack Steffen

Manchester City are ready to welcome to England Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen.

The 23-year-old has completed his medical with the Citizens and will pen his new contract on Thursday. LaLiga side Girona, one of City's sister clubs, are thought to be his most likely destination though Patrick Vieira - who previously managed City Football Group's New York City FC - is also said to be interested in taking him to current club, OGC Nice.

Manchester City have reportedly tied up a deal to sign United States global goalkeeper Zack Steffen. If he continues to be the US number one, he could re-apply for a work permit in the summer should he be denied one upon officially joining City.

With his former Columbus Crew coach, Gregg Berhalter, having been hired as the new USA national team coach, Steffen stands a good chance of holding on to the job, though he is facing good competition from Club Brugge goalkeeper Ethan Horvath.

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As a 19-year-old, the goalkeeper left the University of Maryland to join German second division side Freiburg but returned to the MLS after a frustrating season.

However, Goal.com reports that Steffen may need to join a different European club on loan upon the completion of his move to the Etihad Stadium in order to qualify for a United Kingdom work permit.

He has also been seen as a long time replacement for Brazil national team goalkeeper Ederson.

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