Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen has completed a medical with Manchester City and will join the Premier League champions for an initial fee worth £6million, according to Goal.
The news outlet claims that Steffen, 23, is likely to be loaned out by City as he may struggle to obtain a UK work permit, however once he earns more caps for the US national team, he is expected to be eligible to play in England.
It is understood that Ligue 1 club Nice, managed by Patrick Vieira, is a possible loan destination for the goalkeeper
Good move for Manchester City?
Steffen is a good young goalkeeper, but will he ever make it at the Etihad?
Man City have signed a lot of young players over the last few years and never really gave them much of a chance in the first-team as they have instead sent them out on loan constantly.
Patrick Roberts and Aaron Mooy are two good examples but then again Mooy bagged City a tidy profit when he joined Huddersfield and Roberts is likely to do the same in the future as he has impressed in Scotland and Spain.
Steffen is already 23-years-old, but as a goalkeeper you reach the peak of your career a lot later.
It will be interesting to see how this pans out.
This is Futbol rating 6/10
Likely to happen?
According to Goal, this deal is already done but Man City are yet to confirm it and the transfer window does not open for another few weeks, so it is clearly not yet a done deal.
That said, Steffen has been linked with City for a while and the USA international has already completed all the pre-requisites of signing for a new club, like penning his deal and completing a medical.
It would be a shock if this did not go through.
This is Futbol rating 10/10