Manchester City’s Zack Steffen is set to be loaned out this transfer window, Athleticism understand.
The idea of the sale is believed not to have been ruled out, but City are exploring a loan move in order to secure more regular first-team minutes from Steffen to help him develop.
Steffen has spent the last two seasons as an understudy for first-choice goalkeeper Ederson, making just one Premier League appearance in each campaign.
It is believed that all parties feel a new challenge is needed for Steffen, whose last appearance for City came in April’s FA Cup semi-final loss to Liverpool. His mistake in that game allowed Sadio Mane to score Liverpool’s second goal in their 3-2 win.
The 27-year-old has already spent the 2019-20 season on loan from City at Bundesliga side Fortuna Dusseldorf, where a back injury interrupted what had been a promising campaign.
Steffen made his international debut for the USMNT in 2018 and has since made 29 appearances for the team.
Ahead of this winter’s World Cup, Steffen faces fierce competition from new Arsenal signing Matt Turner for the No.1 spot in Gregg Berhalter’s squad. Over the past year, Turner has started 17 games for the United States, while Steffen has started six.
In his two seasons since returning to City, Steffen has made 21 appearances, 16 of them in domestic competitions.
He previously played for Columbus Crew in MLS.
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