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Manchester City line up shock £5m deal for highly-rated USA international – report

Manchester City are lining up a surprise move for a man they believe could be the long-term back-up keeper to Ederson, USA international Zack Steffen, according to The Sun.

Goalkeeper Steffen, 23, plays for the Columbus Crew in Major League Soccer and has been capped 6 times by the United States.

With Claudio Bravo injured and unlikely to be around long-term, City scouts have been watching goalkeepers and believe Steffen to be a star of the future, so want to secure him as soon as possible.

A work permit for the young shot-stopper would be challenging, so Guardiola could keep Aro Muric as his number two option until Steffen becomes eligible to play in the Premier League.

That would mean the American heading out on loan until he accrues more international caps and gets a permit, with NAC Breda – who had Muric on loan before Bravo’s injury forced a recall – one possible destination.

Bristol City had a £3million bid for Steffen rejected in the summer, but his reputation has grown since then and now Manchester City have eyes on him.

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