Benfica hope to raise a record €200m from close-season transfers this summer after assembling one of Europe’s most talented group of young players.
And two of them could be heading to Manchester. According to Portuguese newspaper A Bola, Benfica president, Luís Filipe Vieira, has been in Manchester to negotiate two sales, which the club are hoping will raise €80 million (£67.7 million).
Manchester City’s pursuit of goalkeeper Ederson Moraes has been written about time and time again in recent months, and the sheer number of reports from different sources across Europe strongly suggest there is something in this. With Claudio Bravo failing to impress and Willy Caballero, despite being in line for a new contract, unlikely to be considered a long-term number one, signing the impressive 23-year-old from Benfica sounds like a good plan.
If City are to land the Brazilian shot-stopper this summer, he is going to set them back somewhere in the region of €40 million (£33.8 million), which would make Ederson the second most expensive goalkeeper in history, after Gianluigi Buffon, who moved from Parma to Juventus in 2001 for €53 million.
The other player on Luís Filipe Vieira’s agenda, Nelson Semedo, is likely to head to the other team in town, Manchester United, with the right-back on Jose Mourinho’s summer wishlist. 23-year-old Semedo, a player City could also look at given the need for new full-backs, has 4 assists and 1 goal from the right-back position this season.