Manchester City have opened talks with Benfica over a deal for highly-rated goalkeeper Ederson Moraes, according to exclusive information obtained by TMW.
23-year-old Ederson has been repeatedly linked with City, and it was reported as far back as May that a formal offer could be made. City instead opted for the experience of Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo, who is still struggling to adjust to life in the Premier League.
With Joe Hart set to leave on a permanent deal next summer – West Ham now very keen to sign him – and Willy Caballero out of contract at the end of the season, Ederson appears to be one of the favourites to arrive at the Etihad and challenge Bravo for the gloves. Argentine shot-stopper Gerónimo Rulli is also technically a City player, but the complex deal with Real Sociedad means he will join them permanently – though City have an option to buy him back in the future.
TMW reports that there are ongoing contacts between City and Benfica over a deal for Ederson, but there is a distance between what City want to pay and what the Portuguese giants believe he is worth.
A deal is more likely to be closed in June than January, it is reported, but City are said to be very serious about signing the Brazil under-23 international.