Ederson Moraes is a name that continues to pop up on the Manchester City transfer rumour mill. A Brazil under-23 international goalkeeper, Ederson continues to impress for Portuguese giants Benfica and has been linked with City for some time now.
With Claudio Bravo struggling badly since his £13.5 million move from Barcelona and conceding four goals from four shots against Everton, a new goalkeeper could be inevitable unless the Chilean turns things around. Joe Hart isn’t coming back and Willy Caballero is at best a reliable cup goalkeeper.
23-year-old Ederson is not just of interest to City, however, with Mundo Deportivo reporting that Barcelona are keeping a close eye on him, in addition to City’s Premier League rivals Arsenal.
According to MD, Barça scouts have been very impressed by Ederson, in particular his footwork and ability to pass the ball long with accuracy. But crucially, he is also very capable at keeping the ball out of the net, with impressive shot-stopping ability.
Barcelona already have a number one in Marc-André ter Stegen, with Dutch international, Jasper Cillessen, also on the books, so despite their extensive scouting of Ederson, Camp Nou may not be a realistic destination for him – assuming he wants to play first-team football.
Arsenal still have the reliable and Premier League proven Petr Čech between the sticks, so Manchester City could be the best destination for Ederson when he, as expected, leaves the Estádio da Luz in the near future.
Ederson has a €45 million (£39.5 million) release clause, which would make him an expensive investment if a lower fee could not be negotiated, but a reliable and consistent goalkeeper is priceless, as Manchester City are currently finding out.
Expect this one to develop over the coming months, but City are sure to have their eyes on more than one ‘keeper should Claudio Bravo fail to adjust to the demands of the Premier League.