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Manchester City ‘closer’ to transfer than Manchester United but ownership issues delay deal


Manchester City are ahead of neighbours Manchester United in the race for Benfica goalkeeper, Ederson Moraes, according to today’s edition of Record in Portugal.

The 23-year-old Brazilian has long been linked with a move to the Etihad, but Jose Mourinho has identified him as a potential replacement for David De Gea, should the Spaniard choose to join Real Madrid this summer.

It may be the uncertainty surrounding De Gea’s future that means City are closest to a deal for Ederson, as claimed by Record. It was reported months ago that City and Benfica had a gentleman’s agreement over a summer deal.

However, any proposed deal is being delayed, which may give United optimism of eventually signing the highly-rated goalkeeper, who turned heads with an exceptional performance against Borussia Dortmund in the Champions League in February.

Benfica own 50 per cent of Ederson’s sporting rights and are determined to accept no less than €30 million for their half. What could bring the total price down is Benfica successfully acquiring the other 50 per cent from Rio Ave, Ederson’s former club, but the Primeira Liga side are sensing one of the biggest pay-days in their history and are resisting Benfica’s approaches.

And Record cite this as the reason why there are delays in a departure for Ederson, one of several valuable stars the Portuguese champions intend to sell this summer.

For now, Manchester City must be patient or explore other options, with Sunderland’s Jordan Pickford also thought to be on the radar. And the longer this goes on, the more of a threat Manchester United could become to City’s hopes of signing one of Europe’s most talented young goalkeepers.


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