Manchester City’s pursuit of Ederson has been well documented here at City Watch, with reports from across Europe suggesting it is almost a done deal. The 23-year-old Benfica goalkeeper even follows City on Instagram and has been liking posts on there.
It all seemed a matter of time before he joined City, but lately there has been talk that the Blues might have to shell out a world record fee to acquire him, with Benfica owning 50% of his rights and wanting €30 million for their half – meaning he could cost €60 million (£50.6 million) in total.
Worrying news has emerged in Portugal today that neighbours Manchester United could put any deal City have in mind for Ederson at risk, with O Jogo reporting that United have initiated contacts with Benfica over a deal for the Brazilian goalkeeper.
The Portuguese newspaper claims that United have been ‘speeding up talks’ with Benfica about Ederson, who is represented by the same agent as both Mourinho and De Gea, Jorge Mendes.
United are also being linked with Joe Hart and any new signing in that position is entirely dependent on David De Gea leaving for Real Madrid, something that is not a sure thing to happen.
Like Guardiola, Mourinho is a big fan of Ederson’s qualities and views him as one of the ideal replacements for De Gea, should the 26-year-old Spain international return to his homeland. This could be a tactic from Mendes or Benfica to get City to cough up extra money, but if United’s interest is genuine, City suddenly find themselves in a race for one of the most highly-rated young goalkeepers in Europe.
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