While West Ham may be busy attempting to buy up all the players in Manchester City’s squad Pep Guardiola no longer has room for, the Citizens are themselves looking for potential targets ahead of next season.
Following on from the confirmation of Monaco maestro Bernardo Silva’s move to the Etihad, the north west outfit are now reportedly chasing Benfica goalkeeper Ederson with talks at an advanced stage, according to Sky Sports.
BREAKING: Sky sources report that Manchester City are in advanced talks to sign Benfica goalkeeper Ederson for fee in the region of £45m.
— Sky Sports News HQ (@SkySportsNewsHQ) May 28, 2017
The 23-year-old has kept 24 clean sheets in all competitions for the Portuguese champions this term and, particularly given his age, it comes as no surprise that City are willing to pull out all the stops to get their man.
The reported £45m fee would make him world football’s most expensive goalkeeper should he sign with Gianluigi Buffon at present the holder of that accolade. His move from Parma to Juventus in 2001 cost the Turin club £33 million.
If the Brazilian can approach anywhere near the level the legendary Juve goalkeeper, who plays in what may be his last Champions League final next weekend, has risen to he will have had a successful career.
With City’s current options being two keepers in their mid-thirties in Claudio Bravo and Willy Caballero along with the inexperienced Angus Gunn, Ederson could well have no problem slotting straight into City’s starting XI, not that the above price-tag wouldn’t warrant that in the first place.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena