Portuguese side Benfica have confirmed Manchester City have splashed out a world record transfer fee for goalkeepers of £35 million for Ederson Moraes with official confirmation from City expected imminently.
It is thought that third-party ownership issues had been holding up the deal from being officially announced.
The 23-year-old’s move to the Etihad Stadium is supposedly on a five year contract, which will see him stay at the Etihad until 2022. He will be joining new midfield signing Bernardo Silva, who moved from Monaco in a reported £43m switch.
Ederson underwent a medical in Manchester on Tuesday, before sealing a move to Pep Guardiola’s side. He flew home to Lisbon on Wednesday evening where he told A BOLA and A BOLA TV in an exclusive statement that: “I’m very happy, the first impressions were very good.”
Claudio Bravo arrived from Barcelona to take over from Joe Hart as City’s number one goalkeeper and the arrival of Ederson will no doubt put pressure on him, after enduring a difficult season.
The Brazilian played in Benfica’s Portuguese Cup final triumph against Vitoria Guimaraes on Sunday where he was the last player to touch the ball and after the match hinted of his move saying: “This was probably my last game for Benfica.”
Guardiola has chosen to take Ederson on board even though the youngster has yet to to earn a single senior cap for his country.
The deal was confirmed by Benfica in a message to the Portuguese stock exchange, which read: “In accordance with and for the purpose of Article 248 of the Securities Code, Benfica have reached an agreement with Manchester City Football club Limited for the transfer of the athlete Ederson Santana de Moraes for a fee of €40,000,000 (forty million euros) if there is a commitment to deliver 50% of the added value obtained in this transfer to third parties.”