According to The Sun, winger Gary Mackay-Steven has reportedly undergone a physical in Manchester to facilitate signing with New York City FC in the coming weeks. This report was also picked up by Sky Sports Scotland.
TRANSFER NEWS UPDATE— Sky Sports Scotland (@ScotlandSky) June 21, 2019
Gary Mackay-Steven will undergo a medical for New York City on Friday in Manchester.
Derek McInnes this morning admitted the player is likely to leave @AberdeenFC but hopes there's still a chance he will stay at Pittodrie. pic.twitter.com/loMdhyxvZq
The Scottish left winger has been linked to an NYCFC move as far back as this preseason. The deal ultimately fell apart in the winter window, but the is now apparently back on.
City adding another winger to their ranks is undoubtedly going to cause some onlookers to scratch their heads in confusion, especially considering the quality performances we’ve seen from Alexandru Mitrita, Ismael Tajouri-Shradi, Taty Castellanos, and even Maxi Moralez thus far this season.
It is possible, however, that this transfer — as pointed out by frequent HRB commenter Jamal Crawford’s Shoulder Bandaid — could be an indicator that NYCFC is finally ready to move Jesus Medina this summer and reallocate their third Designated Player spot.
Should the deal be completed, the 28-year-old Mackay-Steven will join the club after a two-year spell at Aberdeen. The Scottish international previously had stints on both Liverpool and Fulham’s youth system before turning professional. Mackay-Stevens made 46 appearances for Scottish giants Celtic between 2015 and 2017, and currently has capped twice for the national team.