Manchester City are closing in on their second summer signing within just a few days with the acquisition of Ederson Moraes from Benfica.
The goalkeeper has been linked with a move to the Etihad for a number of months after Man City suffered a variety of goalkeeping challenges this season.
Pep Guardiola arrived at the Premier League club last summer, and immediately stamped his authority by ditching long term number one, Joe Hart. Hart was sent out on loan to Serie A club Torino, with Barcelona ‘keeper Claudio Bravo moving to Manchester to replace him.
However, his first season in the Premier League did not go to plan, with the Chilean international making a string of high profile errors, and being replaced by back-up ‘keeper Willy Caballero for spells of the season.
Caballero is out of contract this summer, while Joe Hart is still not fancied, leaving Guardiola to look elsewhere for another new number one.
Benfica ‘keeper Ederson Moraes is seemingly that new number one, after having agreed a deal to move from Lisbon to Manchester. Ederson has been linked with Real Madrid in the past, but it looks as if Pep Guardiola has his man, and is closing in on a £45million move.
Speaking after Sunday’s Portuguese cup final victory over Vitoria Guimaraes, the Benfica goalkeeper confirmed that it was “probably” his last game for the club.
The ‘keeper is due to fly to Manchester on Tuesday to discuss terms and complete his medical before completing his move to the Premier League.
BREAKING: Benfica goalkeeper Ederson due in Manchester today for talks ahead of Man City medical on Tuesday, Sky sources understand #SSNHQ
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) May 29, 2017
This would take Manchester City’s summer spending to £88m following the £43m acquisition of Bernardo Silva from AS Monaco last week.
Manchester City are also believed to be interested in signing Kyle Walker and Benjamin Mendy from Tottenham and Monaco respectively, deals that would see City’s spending pass the £160million mark.