Manchester City have taken steps to securing Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes by sending a high-ranking official to Lisbon in recent days, according to Portuguese newspaper A Bola.
On Sunday, it was reported by TMW that City had opened talks with Benfica over a deal for the 23-year-old, with an outcome more likely in June than January.
A Bola claims that the City official visted the Estádio da Luz in recent days to collect information on Ederson, and also attended Benfica’s Champions League match against Napoli to personally watch the shot-stopper in action.
Willy Caballero is out of contract next summer, Joe Hart is almost certain to leave, and Claudio Bravo is struggling to adapt to English football, so another goalkeeper appears to be on Pep Guardiola’s agenda.
Ederson is one of Europe’s most highly-rated young goalkeepers and has also been linked with a move to Barcelona in recent months. He has a contract that runs until 2020 with a release clause of €30 million (£25 million).
David Pritchett of Planet Benfica told City Watch that “as well as being a rock solid goalkeeper, Ederson’s distribution is ridiculously good and he was an outfield player in his youth.”