Portuguese club Benfica have confirmed today that they have sold their young goalkeeper Ederson to Manchester City.
City have wasted no time in the transfer market this summer and have already captured Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva in £43.6 million deal. Now they have added a sensational young stopper to the ranks for another eye-bulging fee.
British media outlet, Sky Sports, reported:
Benfica announce they’ve sold goalkeeper Ederson to Manchester City for £34.7m.
The 23-year-old stopper played for the B team for Benfica until 2015 when he made a breakthrough for this first XI. And he hasn’t looked back since then.
He played 18 games in 2015/16 and was a virtual ever present last season with 34 appearances for the club.
Although the fee is yet to be confirmed it is expected to be in excess of £30 million and could solve a problem for Manchester City in the long-term.
The player reminds TFF of Manchester United star David de Gea in as much as he is so elegant with the ball at his hands or feet. He tends to avoid parrying wherever possible and holds onto the ball is as if he has glue on his gloves. He also has one of the longest kicks elite level football.
The same source suggests that Manchester City are still extremely interested in the brilliant Southampton centre back Virgil van Dijk. The fee could be astronomical with so many clubs interested and the report suggests that 50 million may be enough to sign the player.
Manchester City don’t seem too concerned about the size of the transfer fees this summer as they look to rebuild the side to make a title challenge next term.