Pep Guardiola has embarked upon an aggressive start to the transfer window, as the Spaniard looks set to conclude his second signing of the summer already. Benfica’s Ederson is due at the Etihad campus within the next 24 hours to undergo his medical and seal the deal.
With his £45m move, the 23-year-old will become the most expensive goalkeeper in the history of football, as his transfer fee will surpass that of Gianluigi Buffon’s £33m move to Juventus in 2001.
The Brazilian goalkeeper, who featured in his club’s Portuguese Cup final 2-1 win over Vitoria De Guimaraes, conceded that he might have played his last game for Benfica on Sunday. Ederson told the Portuguese outlet Record: “I still don’t know, but this was probably my last game for Benfica.”
Ederson is an exciting sweeper keeper who likes to play the ball out rather than looking for a primitive long ball forward – exactly what Guardiola seeks in his goalkeeper. The Manchester City boss is known to make his team play out from the back, and his decision to sign the Brazilian looks very much in line with his football philosophy.
To accommodate his new signings, Pep Guardiola has already started a clear-out of his team that fell well short of expectations last season, as the Spaniard endured the first trophyless season in his coaching career. Bacary Sagna, Pablo Zabaleta, Jesús Navas, Willy Caballero, and Gael Clichy have all been released by the former Barcelona and Bayern Munich coach.
Written by Shorya Panwar
Has 20+ years of experience managing Schalke in Football Manager 2017. Believes wing-backs are the most complete footballers in the modern/evolved football. Writes weird stuff on his personal blog.