Manchester City set to sign Brazilian after personal phone call from Guardiola – report

Manchester City are on the verge of completing a deal for Benfica goalkeeper, Ederson Moraes, after Pep Guardiola made a personal phone call to the Brazilian, according to A Bola.

The Portuguese newspaper reveals today that City are set to win the battle for one of Europe’s most talented young shot-stoppers and that Guardiola’s personal involvement is a part of the reason why.

Pep is said to have called Ederson – a tactic he has used before on other players, including Gabriel Jesus – to reveal that he is a big admirer of the Brazilian’s talents and also to ensure him that he is a priority for City, where he will become the first-choice goalkeeper.

According to A Bola, the transfer ‘is about to be complete’ after months of rumours that the former São Paulo youth player would be heading to the Etihad Stadium. It was recently reported that City and Benfica have a gentleman’s agreement on a deal for the player.

At this point, the only question is how much he will cost, with A Bola suggesting a fee in the €35 million to €40 million range. Benfica will only receive 50 per cent of any fee, with fellow Portuguese side, Rio Ave, owning half of his sporting rights and entitled to a cut.

Should the deal be completed, Ederson will become the second-most expensive goalkeeper in football history, the record still, quite incredibly, Gianluigi Buffon’s move from Parma to Juventus all the way back in 2001.

Want to know more about Ederson? Check out City Watch’s Scouting Report and our interview with David Pritchett of Planet Benfica about the player.

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