Manchester City may have to pay up to €60 million (£50.6 million), a world record fee for a goalkeeper, if they are to acquire Ederson Moraes from Benfica this summer.
Benfica only own half of Ederson’s sporting rights, with former club Rio Ave possessing the other 50 per cent. And according to A Bola in Portugal, Benfica want €30 million for their half of his rights. This could lead to the Blues having to shell out a fee even bigger than what Juventus handed Parma for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.
However, with Claudio Bravo injured for the remainder of the season and still failing to inspire confidence, and Willy Caballero out of contract in June, City should still push ahead with plans to sign 23-year-old Ederson, A Bola reports.
It was reported in March that Manchester City and Benfica have a gentleman’s agreement for the transfer of Ederson, so despite Benfica trying to earn top dollar from this deal, City will be optimistic that a compromise can be reached.
23-year-old Sunderland goalkeeper, Jordan Pickford, is an alternative target should a deal not be struck for Ederson in the summer.
What is it that makes Ederson so special? We recently spoke to David Pritchett of Planet Benfica, and he explained exactly why Ederson would be perfect for Guardiola’s City.
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