Columbus Crew keeper Zack Steffen will join Manchester City in 'historic' 2019 summer move

Whereas Zack Steffen could be unlikely to play immediately at Manchester City, Raf Honigstein explains why the move would make sense for the American.

Columbus Crew SC introduced on Tuesday that goalkeeper Zack Steffen will join Manchester City throughout Main League Soccer’s summer switch window.

Steffen, 23, is predicted to price the Premier League title holders between £7 million and £10 million — which might represent a Crew and league document for a keeper — with the deal set to be accomplished when MLS opens its secondary switch window on July 9, 2019.

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“It is a historic transaction for the membership and a particular second for Zack Steffen that we’re immensely pleased with,” mentioned Columbus Crew SC interim normal supervisor Pat Onstad on the membership’s web site. “In the present day’s announcement is the end result of two-and-a-half years of growth and success for Zack. As somebody who labored carefully with Zack all through, on behalf of the membership, I would love to say that we could not be happier for him.”

Steffen, who started his profession with Freiberg in 2015, has seen his inventory rise significantly in the previous two seasons and was named 2018 MLS Goalkeeper of the 12 months in addition to having a breakout season with the U.S. nationwide crew, taking part in in six of the crew’s 11 matches throughout 2018.

He has posted 19 shutouts in 63 profession appearances for the Crew.

“Any success that I’ve had as a goalkeeper in MLS with Crew SC is a testomony to these round me who’ve pushed me — teammates, coaches, employees, household, buddies and supporters,” Steffen mentioned. “In the present day’s announcement concerning subsequent summer is a particular second for me and I look ahead to ending my time with this Membership on a robust notice. I’m keen to proceed to put in the work to enhance and be the perfect teammate I can.”

It is not clear whether or not Steffen will instantly qualify for a piece allow, as he at the moment would not have sufficient worldwide caps, or if he will have to go to one other membership on mortgage.



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