Published: Sat, December 08, 2018
Sport | By Wilson Duncan

Manchester City complete £6m transfer on Thursday ahead of January window

Manchester City complete £6m transfer on Thursday ahead of January window

Manchester City are closing in on a £7 million deal for United States goalkeeper Zack Steffen from Major League Soccer side Columbus Crew.

City are thought to have paid around £6m for the 23-year-old, a fee which could rise to £10m on the condition that he reaches certain incentives.

It was known that City were in advanced talks to sign Steffen and multiple sources have told Goal that the transfer is now complete, despite a lack of official confirmation from either club. 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.

Steffen is also a U.S. global.


Though Steffen does not now qualify for a United Kingdom work permit, he could re-apply in the summer, and may stand a better chance to secure one if he can maintain his hold on the starting USMNT job in this summer's Gold Cup. Steffen has six caps for the US.

A work permit seems unlikely right away, and so the highly-rated goalkeeper will nearly certainly head out on loan, with Patrick Vieira's Nice a possible destination.

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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