It was officially announced on Manchester City’s official website earlier this morning that the club have completed the signing of Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes in a deal worth around £35 million.
The 23-year-old, who helped his former side claim the Portuguese league and cup double last season, has agreed a six-year deal that will see him remain at the Etihad until 2023.
Talking this morning about the switch, Ederson said:
“I like everything about Manchester City. This is a great club, they have amazing fans and they play splendid football. I have always had the dream to play in English football and now I’m going to make it true.
“With Pep Guardiola, City are growing more and more. He is putting in place a young team for the future. Those were important factors in making my decision. Next season, we will have to be focused to achieve the goal of winning trophies.”
He broke into the Benfica first-team last March before making the number one spot his own, keeping more clean sheets (22) during that time than any other ‘keeper in the Portuguese league.
It is expected that Ederson will take over the number one reins at the Etihad following the release of Willy Caballero, with Claudio Bravo expected to remain as an understudy next season.
Meanwhile, reports coming from Brazil are suggesting that Juventus defender Dani Alves could be looking for a move to the Premier League should he not be offered an extension by the Serie A side.
UOL Esporte claim that Manchester City – along with Premier League rivals Chelsea – are monitoring the 34-year-old’s contract situation at Juventus ahead of a potential summer swoop for the Brazilian.
Alves has prior experience of playing under City boss Guardiola after their spells spent at Spanish giants Barcelona and there’s potential that this previous link could help persuade him into the switch.
Despite his veteran age he played an integral role in the Old Lady’s success during this past season, helping them secure the Serie A title and Coppa Italia whilst reaching the Champions League final.
In terms of potential outgoings at the Etihad this year, the Telegraph have reported that England midfielder Fabian Delph could be the subject of a £12million battle between West Brom and Stoke.
Since arriving from Aston Villa two years ago the 27-year-old has struggled to make a serious dent in the Manchester City side, only featuring seven times in the Premier League after his injury struggles.
And it’s now believed that boss Guardiola is happy to offload Delph to their Premier League rivals providing they can meet his evaluation – a fee that is so high due to his contract running until 2020.
The report claims that both Stoke and West Brom have made significant enquiries for the Manchester City midfielder, although neither are keen on meeting the £12million price tag.
First-team opportunities could become hard to find for Delph should he remain at the Etihad next season, with Ilkay Gundogan set to return from injury and Bernardo Silva joining the club last month.
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