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Man City consider a move for German goalkeeper Stefan Ortega to replace Zack Steffen

Man City are considering a transfer for German goalkeeper Stefan Ortega from relegated Bundesliga side Arminia Bielefeld on a free transfer to replace Zack Steffen as Ederson’s No.2

  • Stefan Ortega is available on a free transfer from Arminia Bielefeld this summer
  • Zack Steffen wants more first team football next season in the run-up to the World Cup
  • The US international’s blunder led to City’s loss in the FA Cup semi-finals
  • Pep Guardiola keeps an eye on Ortega if Steffen leaves the Etihad this summer

Manchester City are considering a switch for German goalkeeper Stefan Ortega to replace Zack Steffen as Ederson’s No. 2 at the Etihad.

US international Steffen wants more first-team football next season to ensure he is first-choice for the World Cup in November, when he faces England in Group B.

There are also doubts about the 27-year-old’s future at City since his gaffe contributed to a 3-2 defeat to Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final in April.

Manchester City considering a transfer for Stefan Ortega (above)

Manchester City are considering a transfer for Stefan Ortega (above) to become Ederson’s No. 2

Zack Steffen's blunder (right) contributed to a 3-2 defeat to Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final

Zack Steffen’s blunder (right) contributed to a 3-2 defeat to Liverpool in the FA Cup semi-final

It was the last of his nine appearances with Pep Guardiola choosing to play Ederson in the most games last season.

Steffen’s contract with the Etihad expires in June 2025, but he could be heading for the exit earlier.

If Steffen leaves this summer, City has drafted Ortega, who is available on a free transfer from Arminia Bielefeld.

The 29-year-old could not prevent Arminia from being relegated from the Bundesliga last season. He conceded 53 goals in 33 games and kept just six clean sheets.

Pep Guardiola chose to play the number 1 Ederson in most games last season

Pep Guardiola chose to play the number 1 Ederson in most games last season

The 29-year-old could not prevent Arminia from being relegated from the Bundesliga last season

The 29-year-old could not prevent Arminia from being relegated from the Bundesliga last season

He started every one of Arminia’s games in Germany’s top flight last season, all but one due to Covid-19.

Ortega was on standby for Germany’s Euro 2020 squad and, according to Goal, has previously been linked with a move to Bayern Munich as a backup to Manuel Neuer.

Meanwhile, City recently sold Gavin Bazunu, who was on loan to League One for the previous two seasons and did not play in the first team, to Southampton for £12 million.

But current third-choice keeper Scott Carson has already signed a new 12-month contract to stay at the Etihad Stadium.

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