Reports: Crew sending GK Steffen to Manchester City
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The Columbus Crew and Major League Soccer are finalizing a transfer to send reigning MLS Goalkeeper of the Year Zack Steffen to Manchester City, according to multiple reports on Monday.
The transfer reportedly will be for a fee of $7 million to $10 million and completed when the international transfer window opens Jan. 1.
"The Club has been approached regarding a potential transfer of goalkeeper Zack Steffen, but no deal has been finalized and the Club will not be commenting on the specifics of reported offers," Crew head coach Gregg Berhalter told the MLS website in a statement.
Steffen, 23, is coming off a 10-shutout season in Columbus and has six career caps for the U.S. national team, all in 2018 as he served as the team's primary keeper. Steffen went 2-2-1 as a starter with seven goals allowed and two shutouts.
With only six caps, Steffen won't automatically qualify for an English work permit, meaning he would need special approval to be authorized to play for Manchester City.
It's unclear if City would use Steffen as a backup goalkeeper or loan him to another European team. English reports suggest the former, after Claudio Bravo -- backup to Brazilian starter Ederson -- was lost for the season with an Achilles injury in August.
The Crew rejected a $3.9 million bid for Steffen from Bristol City earlier this year.
"Every transfer window we've had, we've been getting calls about some of our players, so this is pretty much normal," Berhalter told MLSsoccer.com at the time. "What I'd say is that, like always, we want to be a place where we get players and we develop them and we help them advance in their careers, wherever that may be."