Man City Close to Signing Brazilian Goalkeeper from Benfica

تم نشره في Mon 29 May / May 2017. 12:00 AM
  • Ederson helped Benfica to their 26th Portuguese Cup win on Sunday, as they beat Vitoria Guimaraes 2-1

Manchester City are close to signing Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes for GBP33m.

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 GBP43m 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.