Despite Bernardo Silva’s announcement just last night, things are moving quickly for Manchester City and their summer window. However, instead of the leaking of the news and subsequent announcement in just one day, this deal looks set to be the conclusion of a heavily rumoured and long protracted deal. According to several sources, City are closer to Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes than ever before and he could well be the next new face in the door.
Goncalo Lopes, the reliable Portuguese journalist who broke news of the transfers of Javi Garcia, Fernando, Mangala and Nico Otamendi, tweeted this morning that Ederson ‘should’ sign for City next week, and that the only issue is the third party ownership of the player.
— Gonçalo Lopes (@_GoncaloLopes) May 27, 2017
The Portuguese newspaper Record report that in ‘the next few days’, the long awaited confirmation of Ederson’s departure from Benfica and arrival at City will be announced, and this would mean his last game is the Taça de Portugal final, played tomorrow.
A Bola too report that a deal is ‘very advanced’, with Ederson ‘set to join’ City after tomorrow’s cup final. A Bola suggest that a deal will be concluded for ‘no less than’ €40 million (£35 million), as current club Benfica, former club Rio Ave and his agency Gestifute all want a slice of the cash.
This unilateral agreement within the Portuguese press suggests the deal is actually now coming to a close as the season winds down, and City look set to seal their second deal in just a matter of days after our own season had finished.
Even before the departure of Caballero and Bravo’s poor season, City were rumoured to want a new goalkeeper. Reports of City chasing Jordan Pickford have died down somewhat with the Sunderland ‘keeper being more heavily linked with Everton, and as our scout report shows, Ederson would be a perfect fit for City.