The 24-year-old became the most expensive MLS goalkeeper last week when he transferred from Columbus Crew to Manchester City for £7.2m, only to immediately move out on loan for a season to Fortuna Düsseldorf. He won the USA Goalkeeper of the Year in 2018 and is the national team’s starting choice. It may be seen as an unusual transfer, as Steffen seemingly may never get the opportunity to represent the club.
Nevertheless, with Arijanet Murić also out on loan at Nottingham Forest and only Claudio Bravo alongside Ederson in the first team, this may well be a move for the future.
He possesses skills that are reflective of the style Guardiola stresses for his goalkeepers, much like that of the impressive Ederson from last season.
Will this move benefit Steffen’s career?
Despite Huddersfield conceding the second highest amount of goals last season in the Premier League, the Dane was impressive in many performances and has been considered by Andre Silva as an ample number two for Jordan Pickford at Everton. The Toffees managed to get Lössl on a free transfer and the 30-year-old could see plenty of game time next season across league and cup competitions.
It will be interesting to see whether Lössl can mount a challenge for the number one spot, especially following Pickford’s decline in form through periods of last season.
For a newly promoted side, defensive quality and security are often seen as a vital part of survival. Ralf Fährmann has made over 200 appearances, including over 30 in European competitions and has proven to be a consistently reliable goalkeeper for Schalke over the past 8 years.
His move to Norwich on a one-year loan (the fee being agreed at £2.7m) perhaps will have great benefit to the side’s aim to remain in the top division.
Experience is often valued greatly for championship clubs when entering the Premier League and with a young back line at Norwich, with the likes of Max Aarons and Jamal Lewis seemingly fitting nicely into Daniel Farke’s preferred system, Fährmann may be able to add something they lack.
Tim Krul’s impressive performances in Norwich’s championship campaign last season cannot be forgotten however, and there may be some serious competition between the two in order to achieve the number one spot.
It’s been common knowledge that Jasper Cillessen would be moving on from Barcelona this summer, as the Dutch international became ever more disillusioned with the lack of first-team opportunities at the Catalan club outside of cup competitions.
However, the business of Barcelona to part-exchange Cillessen for Neto and £8m is seen by many to be a shrewd negotiation, perhaps owing to Barcelona’s bargaining power over Valencia after manipulating the transfer dates to improve Valencia’s financial fair play position.
After a number of excellent campaigns with Barnsley, culminating in being named Goalkeeper of the Season last year, Adam Davies secured a move to Championship side Stoke City, where he'll be competing for number one alongside Jack Butland (if he stays put through the rest of this window).
Davies, who is also part of the Welsh national team, has been one of a number of signings for Nathan Jones' side, as the new manager looks to refresh the squad and influence its shape for the coming campaign.