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Manchester City: Fabrizio Romano drops Stefan Ortega transfer claim

Manchester City have been linked with a summer move for Arminia Bielefeld goalkeeper Stefan Ortega.

What’s the news?

After the news originally broke from Sky Sports journalist Dirk Schlarmann on Twitter, Fabrizio Romano shed further light on the matter.

He tweeted: “Manchester City are really interested in signing Stefan Ortega, as called by @Sky_Dirk today. Been told there’s a verbal agreement in place with City to sign as [a] free agent #MCFC

“Deal depends on Zack Steffen to find a good solution on the market, but Ortega’s waiting for City.”

Back in 2007, Ortega joined Bielefeld’s under-17 squad from fellow German club KSV Hessen Kassel. The shot-stopper also had a three-year spell with 1860 Munich before returning to Bielefeld in 2017.

Overall, the 29-year-old has made 220 appearances for his current side, keeping 65 clean sheets in the process. However, with his contract at the club set to expire next week, it seems as though he has played his last game for them.

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Guardiola will be delighted

Ortega’s latest season with Bielefeld was a rather disappointing one, as the club were relegated from the Bundesliga with just 28 points on the board.

However, he showed throughout the campaign just how capable a goalkeeper he is. Over 33 league games, the German racked up more saves (124) than any other shot-stopper in the league and could also boast the second-highest save percentage (73.3%) in the division.

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Taking this into account, it’s safe to say that Pep Guardiola would be delighted to have such an experienced and capable goalkeeper in his squad as a backup option for Ederson.

As for Zack Steffen, the fact that he only managed two clean sheets in his nine appearances for the Citizens last season across all competitions could be why the club have been looking to bring Ortega in this summer.

With that in mind, if the German is seen as City’s number two goalkeeper for the future, it could be worth the American making a move away from the Etihad Stadium this summer and join a club where he would be guaranteed regular game-time.

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