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Transfer of 23-year-old ‘long reserved’ by Man City could be Benfica’s first summer deal

Things have gone quiet on the Ederson Moraes front lately, after the 23-year-old goalkeeper was linked non-stop with a move to Manchester City earlier in 2017.

The Brazilian has been outstanding for Benfica this season and back in March, the Record newspaper reported that a gentleman’s agreement had been reached between The Eagles and Manchester City to sell Ederson in the summer.

Ederson appears to be a big admirer of the Blues – he follows the official Instagram account and has been found liking posts, but talk of Manchester United interest lately, and other goalkeepers such as Jordan Pickford and Victor Valdes being linked with City, have cast doubt on this deal ever happening.

However, Record (via Sabado) has some juicy new information on the talented ball-playing goalkeeper today.

According to the Portugese newspaper, club president Luís Filipe Vieira has been in England and Monaco in recent days to work on deals, and it could be Ederson who is first out of the door this summer. That is because Ederson has been ‘long reserved’ by Manchester City, which presumably relates to that gentleman’s agreement made in March.

Vieira is willing to sell his club’s goalkeeper for less than his €60 million (£52 million) release clause, but Manchester City may still have to break the world record fee for a shot-stopper in order to land Ederson, who has just received a call-up along with Gabriel Jesus and Fernandinho to the Brazilian national team.

Benfica are already planning for life after Ederson, with André Moreira favoured to replace him, and it seems almost certain that they will cash in on Ederson – with most signs pointing to him joining Pep Guardiola at Man City.


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