Following last night’s announcement that Bernardo Silva would be joining City this summer, reports this morning suggest that Benfica keeper Ederson Moraes will be joining him in Manchester as early as next week.
City is prepared to pay upwards of £35 million to bring the 23-year-old to the club, making him the most expensive goalkeeper in history. The deal will surpass the £33 million fee that Juventus paid to Parma for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.
Reliable Portuguese journalist Goncalo Lopes took to Twitter this morning that Ederson could follow in Silva’s footsteps, and join the club as early as next week.
— Gonçalo Lopes (@_GoncaloLopes) May 27, 2017
Portuguese outlet Record has reported that the announcement will come in the “next few days” after Ederson plays in the Taca de Portugal final tomorrow.
Unlike Silva, whose signing was announced uncharacteristically quickly by City, Ederson’s name has been circulating the Etihad for several months. Claudio Bravo’s shaky performances throughout the season have caused many fans to place The Benfica shot-stopper at the very top of their wishlists, and Thursday’s confirmation of Willy Caballero’s departure led to the rumours spreading further.
The Brazilian international has been praised for his ability to play with his feet, something that every City fan will be fully aware Pep perceives as being imperative. His performances in between the sticks have inspired Benfica to win the Portuguese Primera Liga this season, conceding just 18 goals – the fewest in the division.
With reports that former target Jordan Pickford is on his way to Everton, Ederson appears to be City’s only goalkeeping desire.