Manchester City has signed goalkeeper, Ederson Moraes, for £35m from Benfica.
The Portuguese club made the announcement today after agreeing on a deal with Manchester City for the 23-year-old goalkeeper who made over 30 appearances for Benfica last season.
The statement from the club reads
Benfica have agreed a 35 million pounds deal for the transfer of goalkeeper, Ederson Moraes to Manchester City”
The club also made it known that about 50% of the transfer fee will be distributed to other parties that are involved with the player.
Sources with Manchester City stated that the transfer will be completed once the Premier League board resolves the issues with third party elements.
Moraes ignited rumours of his transfer when he stated after the club’s 2-1 win in the Portuguese Cup final over Vitoria Guimaraes that the game would probably be his last game for the club.
Ederson Moraes has not had any senior team experience with Brazil but is a regular feature in the Under-23 team. But he is expected to make his debut against Australia and Argentina.
Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola had indicated his interest in signing Ederson during the close of last season and this is one of the reasons why Will Caballero was released by the club last Friday.
The arrival of Ederson will provide more competition for Claudio Bravo. The former Barcelona goalkeeper had a difficult first season in England and even lost his spot to Willy Caballero at some point.
Statement Of Intent
Manchester City has been very active in this season’s transfer window as they have already splashed 43 million Euros on Monaco forward Bernando Silva. The club has also indicated interest in signing France defender, Benjamin Mendy from Monaco.
Future of Joe Hart
This latest signing will cast a doubt of Joe Hart’s future at the club and it is expected that he will seek a transfer away from the club.