Benfica President Has Flown To Manchester To Complete £67.7 Million Double Deal

Reuters / Rafael Marchante

Benfica President Luis Filipe Vieira has flown to Manchester to complete a double deal for their goalkeeper Ederson Moraes and defender Nelson Semedo.

As per the reports from Portuguese news outlet A Bola, Filipe Vieira has been negotiating a £67.7 million double deal in Manchester.

Goalkeeper Moraes has been a long-term target for Manchester City and their need of a strong pair of hands in between the stick has been well and truly defined by the inconsistency of Claudio Bravo and the ageing legs of Willy Caballero.

Furthermore, the same source has suggested that the shot-stopper will cost the Citizens a fee of around £33.8 million and should the negotiations goes well, the Brazilian goalie will become the second-most expensive goalkeeper in history behind Gianluigi Buffon.

With that being said and done, it is fair to say that Caballero’s time at the Etihad will be terminated even though there were some talks about a potential contract extension, while their on-loan goalkeeper, Joe Hart, will find a new home as well.

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Nelson Semedo, on the other hand, will be joining the other side Manchester, as the Red Devils are reportedly sitting in the front seat of the negotiation. Just a month back, when Philipp Lahm announced his retirement, reports suggested that Bayern Munich have entered the speculation and given their recent stature of Champions League, they might steal the deal, but now, it has all went down the drain.

The Portuguese right-back has impressed Jose Mourinho a lot and back in December, it was reported that Manchester United sent their scouting team to prepare a report on the player and it was delivered positively. Then earlier this month, Portuguese outlet Noticias ao Minuto confirmed that United agreed a £35 million fee for Semedo and the player will join the Old Trafford outfit next summer.

The young full-back, who already one goal and four assists to his name, will be expected to act as an understudy of Antonio Valencia, as the 31-year-old Ecuadorian signed a one-year extension a few weeks back and has impressed the Portuguese gaffer a lot, hence it is fair to say that he will retain his spot in the upcoming season as well.


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1 Comment

  1. Alvin chichi on March 2, 2017 at 3:26 am

    Too expensive for unknown players anyway.

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