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City close in on record transfer for Benfica Goalie

Manchester City are close to signing Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes for a record shattering £33m, SportBrief has learned.

By SportBrief Reporter

Free spending Citizens continue their assault on the transfer market barely a week after securing the services of Monaco’s Portuguese playmaker Bernado Silva for £43m, as they look to strengthen their goalkeeping options ahead of the coming season.

City manager Pep Guardiola who has been interested in Brazilian shot stopper Ederson Moraes for some time and made room in his squad for the 23-year old by releasing Willy Caballero on Friday.

However, the highly rated youngster is set to become the world’s most expensive goalkeeper with Benfica’s asking price of £33m just eclipsing that of the current record holder Gianluigi Buffon’s world record move from Parma to Juventus in 2001 which was reported to be worth £32.6m.

After Sunday’s 2-1 Portuguese Cup final win Moraes all but confirmed the move as he added that it was “probably” his last game for the club.

Guardiola appears to show no signs of slowing down as he 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, the gaffer is ringing in the big changes this summer.

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.

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.

 

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