Manchester City’s new signing, Ederson, has reportedly stated that he believes both right-back Nelson Semedo and left-back Alex Grimaldo could be on their way out this summer.
The 23-year-old goalkeeper, who moved to the Etihad in a £35 million deal last month, has now suggested that his former teammates could also leave Benfica. Along with Ederson, the Portuguese Champions have also sold their highly-rated centre-back Victor Lindelof to Citizens’ rivals Manchester United.
In a recent interview with Record, the Brazilian goalkeeper indicated that the Aguias may not be able to hold onto Grimaldo and Semedo. He also expressed his views on football becoming more of a business, and how the club with a larger bank balance dominates the game.
However, the Brazil international showed confidence in his former club, stating that his former side could overcome the sale of their prized assets and go onto win their 37th league title this season.
Ederson said: “Of course it will be difficult, but I have total confidence that we will achieve the 37th this season.
“Benfica lets three players out but then stabilises quickly. In recent years it has always been like this, it is a club that has formed great players.
“For example, I think Benfica will not be able to hold on to Grimaldo and Nelson Semedo for long. Football has become a business and those who have more money have the best players.”
The Portuguese right-back, Semedo, has been heavily linked with Man Utd and La Liga giants Barca, whereas Grimaldo’s brilliant performances in the left-back position have been noticed by some of the top clubs, who are eyeing the 21-year-old former Barcelona man.
Written by Naren Madan
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