With the season drawing to a close, the Manchester clubs are out in the transfer market in search for a new goalkeeper. Both Manchester United and Manchester City seem to be preparing to fill a vacancy in their goal saving department, with their shot-stoppers likely to leave this summer.
According to the Mirror, the English heavyweights are keeping tabs on Benfica stopper, Ederson, as United prepare for the scenario where David De Gea is said to leave Old Trafford for a big-money move to Real Madrid this summer.
Along with the Red Devils, their noisy neighbours, Manchester City, have also shortlisted the Brazilian for a potential move to the Etihad. The Citizens are out to get a new keeper with doubts over their current number 1 Claudio Bravo.
Ederson, who has enjoyed a highly impressive season with Benfica, is a hot target for both Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola, who are expected to go head-to-head for the 23-year-old’s signature.
The Brazilian was Benfica’s first-choice goalkeeper last year, and also has started 27 of the 33 Primeira Liga fixtures this season.
United are also eyeing Atletico Madrid’s Jan Oblak as a potential replacement for De Gea. Oblak’s value is estimated to be in excess of £20 million, even though the Slovenian has a buy out clause that amounts to nearly twice that.
However, Red Devils’ second choice goalkeeper, Sergio Romero, is also believed to be pushing to fill De Gea’s shoes and be the primary man between the sticks at the Theatre of Dreams, after his remarkable run in the Europa League.
Written by Sidharth Jindal