City to sign Benfica goalkeeper for world record fee

City to sign Benfica goalkeeper for world record fee
May 29 14:46 2017

Manchester City are close to signing Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes for £33m.

City manager Pep Guardiola has been interested in the Brazilian for some time and made room in his squad by releasing Willy Caballero on Friday.

After Sunday’s 2-1 Portuguese Cup final win the 23-year-old said it was “probably” his last game for the club.

The news comes on the same day that Joe Hart confirmed he would be leaving Torino after a season-long loan.

Guardiola is also understood to be interested in Monaco and France full-back Benjamin Mendy, 22.

After failing to win a trophy in his first season as City boss, Guardiola is planning big changes this summer.

The Spaniard made his first move of the summer with the £43m signing of Monaco’s Portuguese playmaker Bernardo Silva on Friday.

Caballero is one of five out-of-contract players already released by City.

Striker Kelechi Iheanacho has been the subject of a bid from West Ham and the futures of the four players that Guardiola allowed to leave Etihad Stadium on loan last season – Joe Hart, Samir Nasri, Wilfried Bony and Eliaquim Mangala – is uncertain.

Ederson’s arrival will place more pressure on Claudio Bravo.

The Chilean had a torrid time after arriving from Barcelona to take over from Hart as City’s number one, and made a succession of mistakes before losing his place to Caballero in January.

Although the 34-year-old was recalled for the win against Hull on 8 April, Bravo’s season ended just under three weeks later when he suffered a calf injury in the goalless draw with Manchester United.

Would this be a world record fee for a goalkeeper?

Gianluigi Buffon’s world record move for a goalkeeper from Parma to Juventus in 2001 was reported to be worth 53m euros, or £32.6m at the time. But at current exchange rates Ederson’s 38m euros transfer is equivalent to £33m. It would be a world record in Sterling, but not euros.