Manchester City set to sign Benfica goalkeeper Ederson in world-record deal
Despite completing a £43 million deal for Bernardo Silva just a day ago, Manchester City are moving quickly in the transfer market and are close to signing Ederson from Benfica.
City are expected to complete the deal of Benfica's 23-year-old goalkeeper for £35 million to make Ederson the most expensive keeper in history, according to Lisbon-based newspaper A Bola. The Portuguese paper stated that the City are in "very advanced" stages of the deal and expect it to be complete as early as next week.
Manchester City faced somewhat of a goalkeeping crisis in the past season. Having loaned out England international Joe Hart to Torino, Guardiola brought in former Barcelona goalkeeper Claudio Bravo in hopes that he would be a vast improvement from Hart.
However, Bravo endured a horrendous debut season in the Premier League, keeping only six clean sheets and conceding 36 goals in only 30 games. This led to Guardiola dropping the Chilean for second-choice goalkeeper Willy Caballero.
With City announcing earlier this week that Caballero will be leaving the club, Guardiola is in desperate need for a keeper.
Having already wrapped up a deal for Bernardo Silva from Monaco for a whopping £43 million earlier this week, Guardiola is ready to splash the cash again. The reported £35 million fee will eclipse the world-record £33 million fee Juventus paid for Gianluigi Buffon in 2001.
Ederson enjoyed a successful season as his 17 clean sheets in 27 games led Benfica to the Portuguese league title.