Manchester City and Benfica have shook hands on a gentleman’s agreement for the transfer of highly-rated goalkeeper, Ederson Moraes, according to Portuguese newspaper Record.
23-year-old Ederson has recently won a call-up to Brazil’s national squad after a series of outstanding performances for Benfica this season, and has been repeatedly linked with a move to City for months now.
When Ederson renewed his contract until 2023 with Benfica, it seemed like any move to City may be off, but this is a common tactic of the Portuguese giants, a selling club, to raise the value of their players.
And club president Luís Filipe Vieira has reached an informal agreement with City bosses to sell the goalkeeper at the end of the season, Record reports. Vieira was in Monaco on Wednesday night and may have further discussed the deal with Txiki Begiristain there, although he also has good relations with Monaco, and is interested in signing their 20-year-old Portuguese winger, Gil Dias.
Ederson’s new deal included a huge €60 million (£52 million) release clause and it is unclear if City are willing to pay the whole amount or will attempt to negotiate the price down.
The talented shot-stopper has made 19 appearances for Benfica in Liga NOS this season and 7 in the Champions League, including a world class performance against Borussia Dortmund in the first-leg of their Champions League Round of 16 match.
Should City sign him, it will certainly mean either Claudio Bravo, a disappointment since signing from FC Barcelona, or Willy Caballero, out of contract in summer, will depart the Etihad.
Want to know more about Ederson? Check out City Watch’s scouting report on the player and stay tuned for some insight from a Benfica fan on the goalkeeper soon!
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