Columbus Crew and United States international goalkeeper Zack Steffen is close to joining Premier League powerhouse Manchester City. According to ESPN, Steffen is in contract talks with City who would pay between $7 million and $10 million to Crew for the services of the highly talented 23-year-old.
Crew manager and sporting director Gregg Berhalter confirmed that the club received an offer for Steffen but declined to give more information about the matter.
“The club has been approached regarding the 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,” – Berhalter told ESPN.
Zack Steffen established himself as one of the best young players in MLS since being named Crew’s starting goalkeeper ahead of 2017 season. He played a total of 63 regular season games in the league since then and managed to keep his goal intact on 22 occasions.
Steffen, who was named 2018 MLS Goalkeeper of the Year, also delivered some exciting performances for the United States men’s national team since receiving his international debut in January 2018.
In case that Zack Steffen makes a move to Man City, he would have to receive a work permit to play in England. This might be an issue since Steffen didn’t play enough international games to qualify for one. In case he gets rejected, City might end up loaning him to another club until he fulfills the requirements.