Pep Guardiola signs Major league Soccer best goalkeeper Zack Steffen

Pep Guardiola signs Major league Soccer best goalkeeper Zack Steffen

- Manchester City have added more cover in their goal-keeping department

- The Premier League club signed United States number one goalie Zack Steffen

- The 23-year-old was recently named best goalkeeper in the Major League Soccer

Premier League champions Manchester City have completed the signing of the United States first team goalkeeper Zack Steffen.

The 23-year-old was signed for $7.5milion (£6m) from Major League Soccer club Columbus Crew and that could rise to $10m if Steffen reaches certain incentives.

The American shot-stopper is expected to be sent out on loan if he does not secure his work permit on time.

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And Manchester City's sister club Girona are on standby while French Ligue 1 side that is being handled by Steffen's former boss Patrick Vieira are also interested.

Steffen's $7.5 milion move to Europe is one of the highest fee ever paid for a player in the MLS and has shattered Tim Howard's record of $3million in 2013.

Steffen was awarded the best goalkeeper of the year in 2018 and enjoyed a breakout season for club and country as he is now the national team number one goalie.

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He posted an impressive performance in the 1-1 draw with France prior to the Russia 2018 Word Cup last summer.

As a 19-year-old, the goalkeeper left the University of Maryland to join German second division side Freiburg but returned to the MLS after a frustrating season.

Steffen has good passing ability and ball-handling skills which should make him adapt to Pep Guardiola's style of play.

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He has also been seen as a long time replacement for Brazil national team goalkeeper Ederson.

Meanwhile, had earlier reported that Isco Alacron has reportedly told his Real Madrid teammates he wants to leave the Bernabeu because of his lack of game time under Santiago Solari.

The Spain international is yet to start a game under the new manager and it is understood that the 26-year-old is frustrated with the situation. ( -> We have upgraded to serve you better

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