Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew have officially announced an agreement to sell USA goalkeeper Zack Steffen to Manchester City in a record deal.
The transfer will go through at the beginning of the MLS’ Secondary Transfer Window, which opens on July 9, 2019, meaning Steffen will be a summer signing for the Premier League champions.
No fee was disclosed, but it has been announced as the largest ever sum received by Columbus Crew and the biggest fee ever paid for a MLS goalkeeper in the league’s 23-year history.
Steffen is expected to be Ederson’s long-term number two, although he may be initially loaned out if a work permit proves impossible to obtain right away.
The Crew’s Interim General Manager Pat Onstad said of the deal: “Today’s announcement is the culmination of two and a half years of development and success for Zack. As someone who worked closely with Zack throughout, on behalf of the Club, I would like to say that we couldn’t be happier for him. Manchester City Football Club is one of the top clubs in the world and we are pleased to finalize this agreement that benefits the player and both clubs. We continue to believe that players that come to Crew SC have an opportunity to develop and become great players either here in MLS or abroad. Ahead of Zack’s departure next summer, our scouts already have players targeted as the Club identifies a high-caliber replacement.”
23-year-old Steffen also commented, stating: “Any success that I have had as a goalkeeper in MLS with Crew SC is a testament to those around me who have pushed me – teammates, coaches, staff, family, friends and supporters. Today’s announcement regarding next summer is a special moment for me and I look forward to finishing my time with this Club on a strong note. I am eager to continue to put in the work to improve and be the best teammate I can.”