According to the Manchester Evening News, English champions Manchester City are set to sign goalkeeper Scott Carson on a free transfer after he was released by Derby County.
Scott Carson, 35, has spent the past two seasons on loan with Manchester City in the Premier League. The former England goalkeeper is strongly tipped to make a permanent move to the Etihad Stadium, where he has been an invaluable member of Pep Guardiola’s squad.
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Pep Guardiola has described Carson as a positive influence in the dressing room and handed the 35-year-old shot-stopper his first Premier League start in 10 years in the game at Newcastle United, immediately after Manchester City had been declared the champions.
It turned out to be a memorable night for Carson between the sticks in what was an entertaining 4-3 win for City at St. James’ Park. Despite Manchester City conceding three goals, he saved a Joe Willock penalty, although the midfielder tucked in the rebound.
Carson is a highly experienced goalkeeper having turned out for English clubs such as Leeds United, Liverpool, Sheffield Wednesday, Charlton Athletic, Aston Villa, West Brom, Wigan Athletic and Derby County. After joining Derby from Wigan in 2015, he has played over 170 games at Pride Park.
At City, the 35-year-old has provided back-up to first-choice goalkeeper Ederson and second-choice Zack Steffen. As well as being an experienced No.3, Carson has also played a key role in the development and integration of teenage goalkeeper James Trafford into the first-team squad, with the 18-year-old set to leave on loan this summer for first-team experience, the Manchester Evening News add.
Signing Carson permanently on a free transfer will complete the goalkeeping department for the Cityzens, with Ederson and Steffen set to resume their roles from last campaign.
Pep Guardiola’s priority is to bring in a new No.9 having lost Sergio Aguero on a free transfer to Barcelona earlier this month. A number of first-team stars are expected to leave during this transfer window, as the City tactician aims to refresh his squad ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, the report concludes.