Rose Lavelle: Manchester City close to signing USA international

Sam Mewis agreed similar deal with Man City last week

Rose Lavelle in action for Washington Spirit
Image: Rose Lavelle in action for Washington Spirit

Manchester City are on the verge of completing the biggest transfer in the WSL so far this summer by signing USA midfielder Rose Lavelle.

Lavelle has agreed a one-year deal to join the club after leaving Washington Spirit.

In a complicated deal, Spirit agreed to trade Lavelle to NWSL rivals OL Reign for a first-round draft pick and $100k on Sunday, allowing OLR to sell her on to Man City for the season.

A fair number of NWSL players are moving to Europe as the state of their season is unknown following the conclusion of their post-lockdown tournament in Utah last month.

Rose Lavelle (R) celebrates with team-mate Megan Rapinoe following the USA’s win over the Netherlands in the World Cup final in July, 2019.
Image: Lavelle (R) was part of USA's World Cup-winning side in 2019

Lavelle was a big part of USA's title defence at last year's World Cup, scoring in the final, and finished third in the player of the tournament poll behind Megan Rapinoe and Lucy Bronze.

Lavelle is set to join USA team-mate Sam Mewis at City after she agreed a similar deal last week.

There could be further additions at the end of the month as the club are also interested in signing England full-backs Lucy Bronze and Alex Greenwood, both are whom are with Lyon as they prepare for their Champions League quarter-final against Bayern Munich on Saturday in Bilbao.

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