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Manchester City could seal world-record move for Benfica goalkeeper

Manchester City could seal world-record move for Benfica goalkeeper

Ederson close to City transfer

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Manchester City are reportedly in advanced discussions to wrap up a transfer agreement for Benfica goalkeeper Ederson.

The 23-year-old enjoyed a top season with the Lisbon-based outfit last term as he kept 18 clean sheets en route to their fourth successive Primeira Liga title.

City boss Pep Guardiola has prioritised the need for a new shot-stopper ahead of next season, and it is suggested that Ederson is his preferred target with Willy Caballero set to leave at the expiry of his contract.

Sky Sports News claims that the Citizens are on course to break the world transfer record for a goalkeeper with Ederson likely to cost a fee of around £45m.

Juventus' Gianluigi Buffon remains the world's most expensive goalkeeper to date after having arrived from Italian minnows Parma for £33m back in 2001.

Meanwhile, the arrival of Ederson is likely to have huge implications on the future of Joe Hart, who could be sold after a mixed loan spell with Italian club Torino.

Ederson will become City's second major acquisition of the summer after the club recruited Monaco's Bernardo Silva for £43m earlier last week.