Man City ready to sell star after stunning season out on loan with Bundesliga clubs lining up transfer
MANCHESTER CITY aim to find a buyer for keeper Zack Steffen in the summer — after his loan spell at Middlesbrough ends.
Boro fear they will lose the United States international as City are open to selling him, with German clubs on alert.
AlamySteffen has spent this season on loan at Middlesbrough[/caption]
The goalkeeper joined Man City in 2019Paul Marriott
Steffen has lost his place as City No 2 and his best chances of playing may be elsewhere and the timing is right to cash in.
The 28-year-old played for Fortuna Dusseldorf on loan in the past and could attract Bundesliga interest.
City want a Prem club for England Under-21 cap James Trafford, who has shone at Bolton on loan.
Burnley and Sheffield United are keen but he would have to start — and that may not be possible at either of those clubs.
Steffen joined Man City from MLS side Columbus Crew in 2019 and has since made 21 appearances for Pep Guardiola‘s side.
He was loaned out to Fortuna Dusseldorf during his first season before joining back up with the City squad ahead of the 2020-21 campaign.
However, the goalkeeper fell down the pecking order at the club following the arrival of Stefan Ortega last summer.
Steffen was loaned out to Middlesbrough in July and since made 45 appearances.
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In March, he admitted that he did not wish to return to the Etihad at the end of his loan.
The goalkeeper told The Philadelphia Inquirer: “I don’t think I’ll go back.
“No, I want to be playing. Although I had a great time at City and I love those guys, and obviously [it’s] an amazing club, I don’t really have any plans to go back.”