Benfica star Ederson could join Manchester City in 48 hours
The 22-year-old Brazilian was expected to touch down in Manchester last night ahead of a medical today, according to Portuguese sources.
And providing there are no hitches, City will top the £32.6m world-record fee for a keeper which has stood since Juventus bought Gianluigi Buffon from Parma back in 2001.
Ederson has not yet been capped at senior level by Brazil but does not need a work permit because he holds a European Union passport.
Benfica will bank only 50 per cent of the fee because 30 per cent will go to Ederson’s former club Rio Ave with 20 per cent going to super agent Jorge Mendes’ company Gestifute.
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The deal will take Pep Guardiola’s spending to £78m within 10 days of the Premier League season ending and underlines Manchester City’s determination to get their transfer business done early.
Guardiola signed midfielder Bernardo Silva from Monaco for £43m on Friday and is expected to complete a £38m deal for the French club’s left-back Benjamin Mendy as well. Also on his radar is Tottenham right-back Kyle Walker.
His swoop for the highly-rated Ederson comes only 10 months after he controversially splashed £17m on former Barcelona keeper Claudio Bravo and sent England No 1 Joe Hart out on loan to Torino for the season.
With Willy Cabellero released at the end of his contract, Ederson’s arrival means Bravo is likely to become No 2 while confirming there is no way back for fans’ favourite Hart who has said farewell to Turin and will now be sold.
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Joe Hart is expected to leave Manchester City this summer
"Thank you Torino, I am so proud to have played for your special football club," the England goalkeeper wrote on social media on Monday.
"I will come back to see you all one day so it is bye for now, enjoy an amazing summer."
"The way you have treated me and my family is something that we will never forget.
"I will forever support Torino for the rest of my days. I have met so many special people and this has been one of the greatest experiences of my life."