When Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes signed a new contract recently, it appeared to be curtains for Manchester City’s pursuit of the 23-year-old, for the time being at least.
However, it’s quite common in Portugal for players to sign new contracts in order to raise their value, as Fernando did before moving from FC Porto to City in 2014.
And despite Ederson’s renewal until 2023, a new report for Yahoo by Duncan Castles claims that he is still on City’s radar and that Benfica hope to raise a record €200m from close-season transfers of their very talented squad.
Castles reports that Benfica have Ederson on a list of players they plan to sell this summer as they look to profit on players, as they are so renowned for. As Águias are looking to bring in at least €30 million for the highly-rated shot-stopper, and he is on Pep Guardiola’s radar.
With Claudio Bravo demoted to the bench and Willy Caballero favoured in yesterday’s game against West Ham, it’s clear that Pep isn’t pleased with the Chilean’s performances. Though he could yet recover from his poor early form at City, Pep is said to see Ederson as a replacement for the 33-year-old, which could mean a short stay at the Etihad for Bravo.
If City agreed to pay €30 million for Ederson, it would make him the second-most expensive goalkeeper in football history behind only Gianluigi Buffon, who moved to Juventus from Parma in 2001 for €53 million.