Man City have wrapped up their second signing of the summer transfer window, after splashing out £35m to capture Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes on a six-year deal.
The Brazilian goalkeeper’s €40m move to Man City makes it the second largest fee ever pay for a goalkeeper, with Gianluigi Buffon still holding the record for his €53m move from Parma to Juventus in 2002.
In a statement on the club’s website, Man City’s newest addition said it was a dream come true to play in the Premier League and hopes to help them win some silverware next season.
“I have always had the dream to play in English football, ” said the 23-year-old.
“This is a great club, the league they have here in England and they have amazing fans. With Pep Guardiola, City are growing more and more. He is putting in place a young team for the future. Those were important factors in making my decision.
“Manchester City has an amazing squad. I think they managed to have a good season and next season, we will have to be focused to achieve the goal of winning trophies.”
The 23-year-old began his career with local club Sao Paulo in 2008 and spent two years with the Benfica youth team, before he moved back to Brazil to join Ribeirao in 2011.
A year later he joined top division side Rio Ave and after a string of impressive performances for the Portuguese side, he earned a call up to the Brazil Under 23s squad in 2014.
He rejoined Benfica in June 2015 and made his first league appearance for the club by replacing the injured Julio Cesar in a 1-0 win over rivals Sporting Lisbon that took Benfica to the top of the table.
He would then appear in their final 11 games of the 2015-16 season that saw them clinch a third league title in a row and was part of the team that beat Maritimo 6-2 in the Taca da Liga five days later.
He also made 37 appearances for Benfica last season as they once again clinched a league and cup double, and was part of the squad that reached the last 16 of the Champions League.
Man City’s director of football Txiki Begiristain is delighted at having captured one of the best young goalkeepers in Europe and has no doubt he will be a success for many years to come with the club.
“We are delighted to bring Ederson to Manchester City,” said the Spaniard.
“He is one of the best young goalkeepers in the Europe and he is an important addition to the squad for next season and the coming seasons. He is young, has all the qualities you could want as a top-class goalkeeper and I think he will fit in really well to our squad.”
Ederson becomes Pep Guardiola’s second big money signing of the summer, after Man City splashed out £43m to bring in Monaco winger Bernardo Silva late last month.
There was no doubt that Man City had sign a new goalkeeper after their crisis between the posts last season, but I cannot really judge Ederson because I have not really seen him play.
It is a lot of money to spend on a young goalkeeper but if he hits the ground running, then the move could turn out to be a very smart move by Guardiola. Surely he cannot be any worse than Claudio Bravo.
Guardiola likes his goalies to play the role of sweeper keeper, which obviously did not suit Bravo. I am not sure how Ederson plays, but it is surely got to be an improvement as Man City hope they don’t have too many errors between the posts next season.
Man City have already showed intent on winning the title next season by splashing out £78m on Ederson and Bernardo Silva, but they will need to continue spending and bring in some new defenders to be a real threat.