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Portugal goalkeeper ‘on the radar’ of Manchester City and Arsenal but won’t come cheap

Manchester City are in the market for a new goalkeeper this summer, with either Claudio Bravo or Willy Caballero set to leave. Bravo, who will miss the rest of the season through injury, has endured a difficult first season in England since his £13.5 million move from FC Barcelona. And Willy Caballero, who has overtaken Bravo as Pep Guardiola’s preferred goalkeeper, is out of contract in June and has admitted he doesn’t know where his future lies.

The new arrival isn’t likely to be Jordan Pickford, who it is reported is off to Everton. Ederson Moraes of Benfica remains the favourite to be between the sticks next season, but there are still some doubts about if that deal will actually happen.

It could be one of Ederson’s rival goalkeepers from Portugal’s Primeira Liga who Pep Guardiola turns to should a deal for the 23-year-old Brazilian prove too difficult.

According to A Bola, Sporting CP goalkeeper Rui Patrício is still on the radar of Manchester City, who were linked with the Portugal international last summer. Arsenal are also keen on him should they decide to replace Petr Čech.

At 29, Patrício is a mature age but not too old for a goalkeeper and his heroics in helping Portugal win Euro 2016 last year proved his quality on a big stage. His release clause is a hefty €45 million (£38 million), still cheaper than what Ederson might cost, but an enormous fee for a goalkeeper.

Patrício is also admired by Ligue 1 side Marseille, who have money to spend and are looking to remodel their side in order to compete with PSG and Monaco for the title next season.


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