Manchester City agree deal with keeper Ortega, Pogba seals Juventus return | Transfer window

Manchester City have a verbal agreement to sign the goalkeeper Stefan Ortega as backup to Ederson if Zack Steffen leaves in search of more game time. Ortega’s contract at Arminia Bielefeld expires at the end of this month and the 29-year-old German, who has also played for 1860 Munich, has made City his preferred destination.

He started all but one of Arminia’s Bundesliga games last season, missing the other because he had Covid, and played every minute for the club in the league in 2020-21.

Steffen was largely restricted to appearances for City in the domestic cups and faces a battle to be the starting goalkeeper for the US at the World Cup. He missed this month’s international matches for family reasons.

Paul Pogba will re-sign for Juventus early next month after terms for his return were finalised on Thursday. A verbal agreement was reached last week and remaining details were settled after the midfielder’s agent, Rafaela Pimenta, held another meeting with the club.

Pogba is available on a free after leaving Manchester United, who paid £93.2m to buy him back from Juventus in 2016. His United contract expires on 30 June and he is due in Italy shortly after that.

Paul Pogba after winning the Coppa Italia with Juventus in 2016.
Paul Pogba after winning the Coppa Italia with Juventus in 2016. Photograph: Riccardo Antimiani/EPA

West Ham are increasingly confident of signing Alphonse Areola on a permanent deal, after the goalkeeper spent last season on loan from Paris Saint-Germain. There had been concerns at the club because of interest from Newcastle but Nick Pope’s move to St James’ Park from Burnley was confirmed on Thursday on a four-year deal and with Areola keen on a move to West Ham an agreement for about £10.5m appears to be within reach.

Newcastle’s manager, Eddie Howe, described Pope as “an exceptional Premier League and international-level goalkeeper”. The 30-year-old will compete for a place with Martin Dubravka.

The RB Leipzig forward Christopher Nkunku has extended his contract to 2026. The 24-year-old, who had attracted interest from clubs including Chelsea, has a release clause valid from next summer. The figure is €60m (£51.6m) but could grow as he gets further into his deal.

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