Manchester City are poised to sign German keeper Stefan Ortega, according to reports.

The Armenia Bielefeld star is a free agent with his contract at the Bundesliga club expiring at the end of the month.

Ortega in action for Bielefeld earlier this season

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Ortega in action for Bielefeld earlier this seasonCredit: AFP
First-choice goalie Ederson produces a save from Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku

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First-choice goalie Ederson produces a save from Chelsea striker Romelu LukakuCredit: Richard Pelham / The Sun

Ortega, 29, was put on standby for Germany’s Euro 2020 squad last year. He has previously been part of their Under-19 squad.

Respected Kicker magazine claimed City boss Pep Guardiola wants Ortega to be Ederson’s understudy next season.

The Hesse-born keeper is known for his skill with the ball at his feet – just like City’s Brazilian ace Ederson.

Ortega has made 237 league appearances for Bielefeld across two spells.

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He came through their academy, but left them after a decade for 1860 Munich in 2014.

Bielefeld then re-signed him five years ago, since then his stellar displays have caught the eye of serial champions Bayern Munich among other Bundesliga clubs.

Despite his best efforts Bielefeld were relegated in May, and they have been unable to offer him a new deal.

But Ortega now appears set to forge a new career under former Bayern coach Guardiola, alongside compatriot Ilkay Gundogan, with the Premier League champions.

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City have already completed the signings of attackers Julian Alvarez and Erling Haaland for £17million and £51million respectively.

The club have also been linked with Brighton defender Marc Cucurella and Leeds United star Kalvin Phillips.

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